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Mizuno Corporation

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Type  Public
Industry  Textile
Subsidiaries  Senoh Corporation
Traded as  TYO: 8022
Number of employees  5,368
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Key people  Masato Mizuno (Chairman)
Products  Clothing, Sportswear, Footwear, Sports equipment
Revenue  JPY 148,703,000,000 (2010)
Headquarters  Chiyoda, Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Stock price  8022 (TYO) JP¥ 601 +1.00 (+0.17%)15 Mar, 9:10 AM GMT+9 - Disclaimer
Founded  1 April 1906, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
Founders  Rihachi Mizuno, Rizo Mizuno

Mizuno Corporation (ミズノ株式会社, 美津濃株式会社, Mizuno Kabushiki-gaisha) (TYO: 8022) is a Japanese sports equipment and sportswear company, founded in Osaka in 1906 by Rihachi Mizuno. Today, Mizuno is a global corporation which makes a wide variety of sports equipment and sportswear, for golf, tennis, baseball, volleyball, football, running, rugby, skiing, cycling, judo, table tennis, badminton, boxing and athletics.



Mizuno was founded in 1906 as Mizuno Brothers Ltd by Rihachi Mizuno and his younger brother Rizo, in Osaka. The shop sold western sundries, including baseballs, and then in 1907 began to sell order-made athletic wear. In 1910 the shop moved to Umeda Shinmichi and its name was changed to Mizuno Shop. In 1913 the firm began to manufacture baseballs and gloves. In 1933 Mizuno presented Star Line, the first Japanese made golf clubs. By 1935 its golf club showroom was the world's largest. In 1941 the company name was changed to Mizuno Co., Ltd, and has remained the same since. The first American factory was established in Los Angeles, under the denomination American Mizuno in 1961.

During the following years, Mizuno signed sponsorship deals with some of the most prominent personalities in sports, such as track and field athlete Carl Lewis, the All Blacks rugby team, former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana, for most of his years in the NFL, the Manu Samoa rugby team, Czech tennis player Ivan Lendl, and golf player Nick Faldo.

The company also expanded its operation centres opening new factories in Germany, France, China PR, Scotland and Hong Kong.


Mizuno is a manufacturer of golf clubs and accessories, their Grain Flow Forged irons are used by professional golfers. Tiger Woods used Mizuno golf clubs until he turned professional in 1996, including for his first Masters Tournament victory in 1997, having left Mizuno and moved to Titleist. Other players have played using Mizuno equipment during their careers.


Mizuno Corporation Wikipedia

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