Bicycle parts manufacturer Shimano former president Kizo Shimano died 85 years old July 7, 19:20
Mr. Kizo Shimano, who was the president and chairman of "Shimano", which is headquartered in Osaka Sakai City, a world-famous bicycle parts manufacturer, died on the 3rd of this month. I was 85 years old.
Born in 1934, Shimano joined the father-owned Shimano predecessor company in 1958.
In 1965, he became president of the American sales company, Shimano's first overseas base.
I have traveled all over the United States and have been stationed for 27 years.
Against this backdrop, we were among the first to develop parts for MTB = mountain bikes, which have been popular since the 1980s, and increased sales to establish a global brand.
After that, parts such as wheels, gears, and brakes of bicycles manufactured by Shimano have a high market share in Japan and overseas centering on sports bicycles, and many teams at the bicycle tour "Tour de France" held in France I came to use it.
When I became president in 1995, I set English as the official language of the company and promoted further globalization of the business.
Shimano has expanded to the world in the field of fishing tackle by utilizing the technology of bicycle parts, and overseas sales account for 90% of the total sales.
He has also served as Chairman of the Bicycle Association for a decade from 2001 and was instrumental in the development of the industry.
Shimano died of chronic heart failure on the 3rd of this month.
I was 85 years old.