Makita have established directly operated business bases in over 40 countries around the world, and have upgraded their sales network in over 160 countries and after-sales service capabilities to become one of the leading companies in this industry. In addition, Makita is producing power tools in plants in China, U.S.A., U.K., Germany, Brazil, Romania and Thailand. Currently, about 90% of the group's manufacturing work in terms of production volume is carried out overseas. Makita's worldwide sales and service network, as well as the stable, high production quality ensured at its plants worldwide, are the embodiment of the Makita brand. Makita has acquired ISO9001 and ISO14001 certification at the head office as well as at its plants both in Japan and overseas.
In 1958, Makita Corporation, which was founded in 1915 as an electric motor sales and repair company, became the first company in Japan to manufacture and sell portable electric planers. Over the half century since, Makita has worked to build a steady position as a manufacturer of power tools. Today, Makita continues to provide products and services that are beneficial to all types of customers engaged in housing construction. Makita's history is one of close interaction with customers and parallels the evolution of power tools.