About Takemitsu Takizaki
Takemitsu Takizaki is 73 years old Japanese businessman known for being the honorary chairman and founder of Keyence Corporation. The company works as a direct sales organization in the manufacturing of automation sensors, barcode readers, laser markers, vision systems, measuring instruments and digital microscopes since 1974 in Osaka, Japan. According to Forbes, he once got positioned as the seventh wealthiest Japanese and 299th in the record of World Billionaires.
Takemitsu Takizaki was born on 10th June 1945 in south-western Japanese prefecture of Kyogo about two months before the end of World War II. He completed his education attending Amagasaki Industry High School near the city of Kobe and after graduating he took a job working for a foreign machinery company.
He started his first job in a foreign machinery company followed by starting his two businesses that went bankrupt leading him to keep his main focus on building electronic sensor maker, Keyence. He founded Lead Electric, the forerunner of Keyence in
1972 in Itami City with just three employees. Later, he changed the company name 12 years later by combining “Key” and “Science” and build up the business using unconventional management methods further inventing the precision sensors used on assembly lines to build cars for Toyota Motor Corp. and chips for Toshiba Corp.
The company got listed in the second section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange in 1989 and in 2006 they produced world’s first 3D laser marker. Now they are world renowned manufacturers of barcode readers, vision systems, digital microscopes and other electronic components for factory automation systems. The company also offers photoelectric, fiber optic, laser positioning as well as network communication units used for presence/absence and part differentiation applications. Aside from being listed as manufacturers they specialize solely in product planning and development. In 2015, he got retired as chairman becoming the honorary chairman of the company. He further boosted its operations by becoming the largest shareholder in JustSystems, one of the major software development companies in Japan.
Takemitsu is married and is father of one child named Takeshi Takizaki.
It is estimated to be around US$18.4 billion as on March 2019.