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Where It All Started—EXEDY Racing Clutches


Written by Ainsley Jacobs

Photography courtesy of the manufacturer

Originally established in 1923 as a private business led by Kazuma Adachi, the company now known as EXEDY has undergone an incredible global transformation nearly a century in the making.

Adachi’s company was originally based in Ikuno-ward in the Osaka prefecture of Japan. By 1950, Adachi was able to establish Daikin Manufacturing Co., Ltd., where the anti-vibration clutch disc and coil spring clutch cover were both first developed. In the 1960s, Daikin developed its first sports clutch, and in 1967, Daikin relocated its headquarters to Neyagawa City, Japan.

In the mid-1970s, a US-based branch launched in Chicago under the name of Dakin Clutch USA (presently known as EGP). The business’ US-based operations grew, with Daikin Clutch USA being established in Los Angeles, California, in 1977 and offices built in Detroit-Troy, Michigan, in 1979.

“EXEDY/Daikin products have been manufactured in the United States since 1988 for both OEM and aftermarket applications,” added Jennifer Sinclair, Marketing/Promotions Coordinator.

Over the years, the company continued to see strong growth and went through several consolidations and reorganizations. In 1995, the company changed its corporate name from Daikin Manufacturing to EXEDY Corporation and was listed in the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 1997. The name itself represents a combination of the words “Excellent” and “Dynamic.” The three curved lines in its logo represent customers, society, and employees—the three targets of EXEDY’s goal of “Creation of Fulfillment” and the desire to contribute to society as a whole.

Now, its Michigan office is referred to as EXEDY Globalparts Corporation and is located in Van Buren Township with EXEDY headquarters in Osaka, Japan. Overall, the business spans 25 countries with 44 affiliates and has over 18,000 employees in its network.

What started as a fairly small entity in a small part of Japan has become a large part of the motorsport community and automotive aftermarket all around the world.

“EXEDY Group produces manual clutches, automatic transmission torque converters, motorcycle clutches, parts for construction machinery, parts for agricultural vehicles, and other automobile products,” continued Sinclair, who was also proud to note that EXEDY is a Tier 1 OEM supplier.

EXEDY received the Daimler Supplier award in 2018 in the “Best Supplier, Powertrain” category, was Supplier of the Year in 2009 for Hyundai/Kia, won the Toyota Safety Prize two years in a row, and more.

Since 2002, though, EXEDY has been aggressively promoting its product through participation in automotive trade shows worldwide. EXEDY also focused on expanding its sports clutch market and racing applications in 2006, focusing on areas including road racing, endurance racing, drag racing, drifting, MotoGP, and more.

EXEDY has a longstanding history of success and has been involved with the NMRA and NMCA for many years, most notably through its contingency programs and sponsorship of the NMRA EXEDY Racing Clutch Modular Muscle category.

Ainsley Jacobs
Ainsley Jacobs
P.TEN Marketing's Ainsley Jacobs is a freelance motorsports marketing professional with extensive experience in marketing and communications, website development, social media management, photography, journalism, and more.