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|"... all I had to my name was an idea: the Satomobile. Now, I was fortunate enough to meet someone who believed in me and my work ethic. He gave me the money I needed to get my idea off the ground and I built the entire Future Industries empire from that one selfless loan."|
|— Hiroshi Sato to Mako.|
Future Industries is a large business conglomerate founded by Hiroshi Sato and owned by his daughter, Asami Sato. Using state-of-the-art technology and innovative ideas such as the assembly line, the factory produces over one hundred luxury Satomobiles on a daily basis. Despite high demand, Future Industries' only known competitor is Cabbage Corp, which produces the cheaper, more compact Cabbage Car.
Hiroshi Sato realized that not everyone in Republic City would be able to afford their own Satomobile and so, for those less wealthy, he developed the taxi cab as a way to get around. Aside from being a practical and cheap means of transportation, cabs are also suitable for romantic rides through Avatar Korra Park.
As well as producing cars for the common man, Hiroshi Sato also designed a race car. As the ultimate transportation method for thrill seekers, the sleek design and high-powered engine enables the car to reach top speeds while smoothly maneuvering its way around a racetrack.
Future Industries' good name, however, was tainted due to Hiroshi's ties with the Equalists and war crimes, connections which caused investors to shy and stay away from the company. In an attempt to recover from the financial debt, Asami started commissioning the mecha tank technology her father had invented on a larger scale. Later on, Future Industries was revitalized after they signed a huge contract with the United Republic government to redesign Republic City's infrastructure.
In 138 AG, a wealthy businessman invested in Hiroshi Sato's idea of automobiles for the common man. With that money, the eighteen-year-old Hiroshi was able to build a factory, thus marking the inception of his company, Future Industries. His endeavors in further developing the company were successful, and the industry soon began manufacturing Satomobiles, expanding his factory to a true business empire.
In 170 AG, after Hiroshi's daughter, Asami Sato, met Mako and took him out on a date, she brought him to the factory to meet her father. Here, the industrialist briefly explained his past life to Mako. When Asami cut him short, stating that he should stop bragging and tell Mako the good news, Hiroshi announced his decision to sponsor his pro-bending team, the Fire Ferrets, so they could compete in the tournament. The only condition was that the team would have to wear the company's emblem on their uniforms, something Mako did not object to whatsoever.
Following the Equalists' attack on the Pro-bending Arena, Avatar Korra secretly overheard Hiroshi Sato while he was speaking on the telephone and deduced that the businessman had framed Cabbage Corp's conspiracy with the Equalists. She alerted official authorities, and with permission from Hiroshi, the Metalbending Police Force scoured Future Industries in an attempt to find evidence that could verify Korra's claims. Initially, nothing was found, but a warehouse worker later revealed that Hiroshi Sato had manufactured the weapons used to frame Cabbage Corp in a secret underground factory.
Eventually, Hiroshi was arrested for conspiring with the Equalists, after which Asami became the leader of Future Industries. The company's newest product line was a more domestic model of the biplane. However, due to Hiroshi's previous actions and involvements, no investor wanted to be associated with the company anymore, forcing Asami to go to the Southern Water Tribe, seeking the aid of business tycoon Varrick to put the company back on track. During a brainstorm session, Varrick proposed that Future Industries sell some mecha tanks to the Southerners, thus enabling the company to profit from the brewing Water Tribe Civil War.
Every shipment bound for the south was intercepted. In order to smoke out the culprits, Mako and Asami set up a sting operation with Varrick and the Triple Threat Triad's help. However, they both double-crossed them, as Varrick had paid the triad to keep the teenagers distracted for a couple of hours, enabling him to steal all of Future Industries' stock from its warehouse. With no other recourse and unaware of Varrick's betrayal, Asami sold the businessman a controlling interest in Future Industries in order to save the company from bankruptcy. However, Varrick's control over the company was short-lived, as full ownership of Future Industries reverted to Asami after the mogul's involvement in the attempted kidnapping of President Raiko came to light.
Two weeks after Harmonic Convergence, Asami provided Team Avatar with a Future Industries airship as a mode of transportation, allowing them to venture across the Earth Kingdom to investigate reports of citizens with newly acquired airbending abilities.
171 - 173 AG
After the insurrection of the Red Lotus, Future Industries aimed to help Republic City by modernizing its transportation methods. To preserve the Spirit Wilds, though facilitate every day life, the company constructed several elevated new roads above and around the spirit vegetation. Future Industries also started construction on Republic City's Central City Station in order to update it with a new rail line system, allowing for faster and more extensive travel between the United Republic and the neighboring Earth Kingdom.
Weeks later, after the president was alerted about Kuvira's acquisition of a spirit energy cannon, the CEO of the company, Asami, was tasked to work together with Varrick and invent a weapon that could defend Republic City. Coming up with the idea to manufacture hummingbird mecha suits, several prototypes were built in Asami's office, before production of those flying machines started in one of Future Industries' factories. Learning that Kuvira's attack would occur two weeks later, Varrick oversaw the assembly lines and urged the workers to increase their efforts.
Hours before Kuvira's army arrived at the city, which was a week earlier than they had been told, Asami, Bolin, Mako, Suyin, Wei, and Wing met up with Varrick and Zhu Li at the factory and attempted to get at least a few of their hummingbird suits working. After the Air Nation witnessed the destructive power of the spirit energy cannon, many of them retreated to the factory and Korra later brought Baatar Jr. there as well after she and a stealth team of airbenders had kidnapped him from his airship. The factory was later blown up by Kuvira, who had learned that Korra was there and had traced Baatar Jr.'s radio call back to the facility.
Factories and warehouses
Future Industries' facilities are located at an industrial sector in southern Republic City near the foot of an inland mountain range. Most warehouses in this area are expansive and spacious, capable of holding a considerable number of materials in storage for prolonged periods of time. They are made from wooden planks and have a large, rectangular door at their facade. Above the doors are a row of tiny windows, and to the sides are staircases and smaller doors which also provide access to the warehouses. The majority of these buildings have a gray, slanted roof.
The roadways on Future Industries' grounds are often red or brown in coloration and are frequently traversed by trucks for transporting supplies and materials to and from the area. All automobiles are made at the manufacturing center, which is vastly different in layout and structure than the company's other facilities. The building is prism-shaped, made of metal, and has four spire-like towers at its corners. Its interior is capacious and extravagant, symbolic of Future Industries' success and prosperity. A tremendous arched entrance allows access to the manufacturing stations.
Future Industries Tower
The headquarters of Future Industries is located in Future Industries Tower, a multi-storage building situated in the heart of Republic City. Towering over its neighboring buildings, the structure has a broad base that slims down the higher it goes. It is white with yellow-colored tilted roofs that mark every instance where the tower shrinks in width. The building holds Asami's office and a large working space where prototypes are developed. On the roof, there is a large, green lightning conductor, which can also be used as a massive EMP device.
Satomobiles are manufactured on an assembly line, where the automobiles are placed on a conveyor belt and shifted through various work stations so that more parts may be added for completing the vehicle. The cars are put in close vicinity to each other, which allows the process to continue easily. This revolutionary system is swift and efficient, allowing for rapid Satomobile production and therefore more wealth for the company. There are three rows of conveyor belts in the manufacturing building, and between two of them is a long table where tools, car parts, and other materials are placed during manufacturing. They are stored in boxes and baskets, and some are brought to the assembly line when needed for production.
Future Industries is known for manufacturing various vehicles, for civilian, military and paramilitary usage:
- Airbender wingsuit
- Future Industries airship
- Hummingbird mecha suit
- Mecha tanks
- Police airships
- After 171 AG, Future Industries placed advertisements in numerous magazines and erected billboards around Republic City to recruit female engineers.
- One magazine ad reads: "Ladies, Future Industries wants you! Are you interested in an exciting and rewarding career? Come on down to one of our recruitment offices and schedule an interview. We offer expert and entry-level positions. Don't wait; come and seize your future!"
- Guided tours of the factory lair are available.
- The distinctive four-chimney external design of the Future Industries factory seems to have been inspired by London's historic Battersea Power Station.
- Future Industries resembles the Ford Motor Company in both industry sector and time period. Henry Ford pioneered the assembly line mass production technique, allowing the construction of hundreds of cars every hour at incredibly low costs. Ford's founding also took place toward the end of the second Industrial Revolution, paralleled by Future Industries' radically advanced technology. The two companies are also similar because both companies are involved in aircraft development. Future Industries was the first builder of aircraft in the Avatar universe and Ford helped build aircraft parts and engines during the nascent days of air flight.