FLAT4 was founded in 1976 by Takashi Komori in Tokyo. Takashi had studied in the USA and connected there with the air-cooled VW scene. Initially the enthusiasts of FLAT4 imported only parts, but soon they began to produce or reproduce their own parts. The manufacturer achieved worldwide fame in 1991 by replicating the legendary BRM rim, which is simply the best-known light-alloy wheel in the air-cooled VW world. Today FLAT4 is known for its high-quality reproduction of OEM- and accessory-parts.