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Michio Suzuki

Born: 10-Feb-1887
Birthplace: Hamamatsu, Shizouka, Japan
Died: 1982
Location of death: Hamamatsu, Shizouka, Japan
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: Asian
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Business, Inventor

Nationality: Japan
Executive summary: Founder of Suzuki Motor Co.

Michio Suzuki apprenticed as a carpenter, and in 1909, at the age of 22, he designed a pedal-driven wooden loom (a complex device for weaving thread into textiles). He began making looms in a small rented warehouse, and as sales grew he took the business public as Suzuki Jidosha Kogyo (Suzuki Loom Manufacturing Company) in 1920. In 1926 the company began exporting its looms to Southeast Asia and India, and during Japan's military era Suzuki manufactured ammunition.

In 1952 the company introduced its first "cyclemotors" -- 36cc piston-ported two-stroke engines that motorized ordinary bicycles. Motorcycle sales soon dominated the company's profits, and two years later the company was re-christened Suzuki Kabushikigaisha (Suzuki Motor Company). Suzuki introduced its first automobile, the Suzulight, in 1955, started exporting motorcycles to America in 1963, and sold cars in America from 1985 until 2012. Suzuki himself held more than one hundred patents, continued contributing to the design of company products through its first generation of automobiles, and remained as President of the company through the mid-1950s.

Father: (cotton farmer)
Wife: (m.)
Son: Shunzo Suzuki (Suzuki executive)

    Suzuki President (1954-56)
    Suzuki Loom Manufacturing Company President (1920-54)
    Suzuki Loom Works Founder & President (1909-20)

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