Continuing The Legacy
"At Kawai, the quest for perfection is not just an ideal... but a duty."
. – Hirotaka Kawai
In 1989, the presidency of the company was passed to Shigeru's son, Hirotaka Kawai. Hirotaka began with a pledge to carry on the "commitment to excellence" established by his father and grandfather. Early in his tenure as president, Hirotaka invested tens of millions of dollars to incorporate advanced robotics in the production process. Then he took production outside Japan for the first time with the launch of Kawai America Manufacturing and the acquisition of the Lowrey Organ Company... followed by the founding of Kawai Asia Manufacturing in Malaysia in 1991 and the establishment of Kawai Finishing in the United States in 1995.