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    COVID-19 pandemic: Akebono Brake declares additional company holidays in Japan
    Japanese manufacturer of braking systems and components, Akebono Brake Industry Co. Ltd., has announced that it has taken the decision to grant additional company holidays for employees from nonmanufacturing departments at its facilities located in Japan. According to a press release from Akebono Br...
    09-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    TS Tech supplies lightweight seat for new Honda Fit in Japan
    Japanese interior parts supplier TS Tech has developed a lightweight seat for the new Honda FIT in Japan, according to a company press release on 1 April. The next generation seat frame uses ultra-high-tensile steel and weight reduction technologies such as thin-plate welding technology. TS Tech cla...
    Toyo Tire and JAOS enter strategic partnership
    Toyo Tire Corporation has signed a strategic partnership agreement with JAOS Corporation, the Japanese tire-maker announced in a press release on 2 April 2020. The two companies have signed a partnership agreement for building a mutually complementary relationship of their strengths, and furthe...
    Koito completes absorption-type merger of wholly owned subsidiary
    Koito has announced the completion of its absorption-type merger of wholly owned subsidiary KI Holdings Co., Ltd. (KIHD), the Japanese supplier said in a press release on 1 April. The company informed that post merger, there will be no change to Koito’s company name, head office address, name ...
    Ube Industries, Mitsubishi Chemical to form JV for electrolyte business for Li-ion rechargeable battery
    Japan-based Ube Industries agreed to establish a new joint venture (JV) company with Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation to succeed the electrolyte business for lithium-ion (Li-ion) rechargeable battery and other applications of both companies, Ube said in a press release on 27 March. The companies will...
    Ube Industries to acquire compound manufacturer Premium Composite Technology North America
    Japan-based Ube Industries has announced its decision to acquire Premium Composite Technology North America, Inc. (PCTNA), a consolidated subsidiary of Toyota Tsusho Corporation, according to a company press release on 23 March. Ube Industries and Toyota Tsusho entered into a share transfer agreemen...
    University of Tokyo develops new battery chemistry for safer high-voltage Li-ion batteries
    Researchers at University of Tokyo has developed a new battery chemistry for safer high-voltage lithium-ion batteries, University of Tokyo announced in a press release on 27 March. Researchers successfully increased not only the voltage delivery of a lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery, but also its abilit...
    SNT Corporation April–December net income drops 19.6% y/y to USD7.7 million
    Japanese auto components manufacturer SNT Corporation has released its financial results for the first nine months ended 31 December 2019, according to a press release on 14 February. The company reported a decline of 19.6% year on year y/y in its net profit to JPY850 million (USD7.7 million). ...
    Hyundai Mobis develops roof airbag
    Hyundai Mobis has developed a new roof airbag, which it claims to be the world’s first roof airbag, according to a company press release on 26 March. According to the company, the new roof airbag is deployed under the surface side of the vehicle in a rollover accident, covering the entire roof in ...
    27-Mar-2020 News New Products
    TDK absorbs its wholly-owned subsidiary TDK-EPC Corporation
    TDK has decided to absorb and merge its wholly-owned subsidiary TDK-EPC Corporation, the company announced in a press release on 25 March. TDK Corporation will be the surviving company and TDK-EPC Corporation will be dissolved. The effective date of merger is scheduled to be 1 July 2020. Sig...
    Hyundai Mobis develops in-cabin systems
    Hyundai Mobis has developed an in-cabin safety alert system for detecting rear-seat passengers, according to a company press release on 24 March. The system uses radar sensors with a Rear Occupant Alert (ROA) to prevent child vehicular heatstroke deaths. The radar-based ROA system alerts a driver to...
    25-Mar-2020 News New Products
    Toyoda Gosei appoints new chairman, president
    Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd. has appointed Naoki Miyazaki as the new chairman of the company and Toru Koyama as the new president, according to a company press release on 23 March. Miyazaki is currently serving as president, while Koyama is currently serving as executive vice president. The company said t...
    Toshiba to supply lithium-ion battery for Mitsubishi, Nissan’s hybrid models
    Toshiba is supplying its SCiB™ lithium-ion rechargeable battery for two Japanese automakers’ hybrid models, according to a company press release on 23 March. The company is supplying batteries for Mitsubishi Motors’ latest generation eK X space and eK space cars as well as Nissan’s...
    Nissan plans to offer all-electric powertrain in all upcoming models in Japan
    Nissan is planning to offer all-electric powertrains in all its upcoming models, both new and redesigned, in Japan, from 2020 onward, Nikkei Asian Review reported on 14 March. According to the report, Nissan is planning to launch an all-electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) in the second half of...
    NSK develops ultra-high-speed ball bearing for EV motors
    Japan-based NSK has developed a new ultra-high-speed bearing ideal for electric vehicles (EV), including battery electric, hybrid, and other new energy vehicles, the company announced in a press release on 18 March. The new bearing enables electric motors to operate at higher speeds, improving fuel ...
    19-Mar-2020 News New Products
    South Korean university UNIST develops new catalyst for metal-air batteries
    Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) in South Korea has developed a new catalyst for improving the charge-discharge performance of metal-air batteries, news website Green Car Congress reported on 16 March. According to the researchers, the metal catalyst—cobalt oxide—which ...
    Toyota develops new paint atomizer with over 95% coating efficiency
    Toyota Motor has developed a new type of paint atomizer—airless paint atomizer—that uses static electricity in place of air, to replace the conventional air paint atomizers used in the vehicle body painting process, according to a press release by the automaker on 12 March 2020. Toyota claims th...
    12-Mar-2020 News New Products
    Samsung unveils new solid-state battery prototype
    Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) and the Samsung R&D Institute Japan (SRJ) have developed a new high-performance, long-lasting, all-solid-state battery, Samsung announced in a press release on 10 March. The prototype pouch cell that the team developed would enable an electric...
    11-Mar-2020 News New Products
    Polyplastics develops new Duranex PBT grade for high-voltage automotive applications
    Polyplastics has developed a new DURANEX polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) grade for high-voltage automotive applications, the company announced in a press release on 3 March. Polyplastics said that DURANEX (R) PBT CG7030 is a 30% glass-filled grade, which also delivers strong dimensional stability, ...
    04-Mar-2020 News New Products
    Hyundai unveils electric concept 'Prophecy'
    Hyundai has unveiled its new electric car concept ‘Prophecy’, the company announced in a press release on 3 March. Hyundai said that the concept expresses Hyundai’s latest design philosophy, Sensuous Sportiness, expanding on the era-defining example set by last year’s “45” concept e...
    04-Mar-2020 News New Products
    Hyundai Mobis enters windshield HUD market
    Hyundai Mobis has entered into windshield head-up display (HUD) market, the South Korean supplier said in a press release on 27 February. The first 12-inch windshield HUD mass-produced by Hyundai Mobis provides various information required for driving such as driving routes linked with navigation, r...
    28-Feb-2020 News New Products
    Envision AESC to merge Envision AESC Energy Devices with Envision AESC Japan
    Envision AESC Group (EA Group) announced that it has decided to merge its subsidiaries Envision AESC Energy Devices (EA Energy Devices) with Envision AESC Japan (EA Japan) in a press release dated 26 February. EA Japan will be the surviving company and the merger's effective date is April 1, 2020. E...
    Toyota Boshoku, Covestro jointly develop new polyurethane composite material
    Toyota Boshoku and Covestro have jointly developed a new polyurethane composite material for Toyota Motor’s new electric concept car “LQ”, Covestro announced in a press release on 26 February. The material integrates Covestro's advanced Baypreg® F NF technology and Toyota Boshoku's expertise ...
    27-Feb-2020 News New Products
    Prospects of integrating lidar sensors in headlamps
    Automakers are exploring headlamps as a location for lidar sensors to achieve automated driving functionalities. According to IHS Markit, vehicles in future will have digital lighting system that will include a camera, lidar, and other sensors combined with artificial intelligence (AI) to understand...
    Toshiba unveils new 100 V N-channel power MOSFET for automotive applications
    Toshiba Electronic Devices & Storage Corporation has unveiled a new 100 V N-channel power MOSFET ‘XK1R9F10QB,’ for automotive applications, according to a company press release on 25 February. The new device is suitable for automotive 48 V equipment applications such as load switches, switch...
    26-Feb-2020 News New Products
    Toyo Tire develops tire sensing technology to detect tire and road conditions
    Toyo Tire Corporation has developed a tire sensing technology that visualizes tire performance while driving in real-time by using artificial intelligence (AI) and digital technologies, the company said in a press release on 14 February 2020. The technology helps detect information on the tire condi...
    26-Feb-2020 News New Products
    Stanley Electric’s net profit down 22.7% y/y to USD210.6 million in April–December 2019
    Stanley Electric Company has posted a 22.7% year-on-year (y/y) decline in net income at JPY22.9 billion (USD210.6 million) for the first nine months ended 31 December 2019, according to a company press release. Net sales for the period fell by 8.1% y/y to JPY202.2 billion. Operating income also drop...
    LG Chem to supply EV batteries to Lucid Motors
    US-based electric vehicle (EV) maker Lucid Motors has announced a long-term partnership with South Korean EV battery supplier LG Chem for the supply of EV batteries, according to a press release from Lucid Motors reported on 24 February. LG Chem will supply cylindrical batteries for its Lucid Air pu...
    LG Chem’s FY 2019 sales up 1.6% y/y to USD24.7 million
    LG Chem has reported a 1.6% year-on-year (y/y) growth in sales to KRW28.6 trillion (USD24.7 billion) for the fiscal year ended 31 December 2019, according to a company press release earlier this month. Despite higher sales, operating profit declined 60.1% y/y to KRW895.6 billion. The company said re...
    Nidec appoints Jun Seki as new president and COO
    Nidec Corporation has appointed Jun Seki as new president and chief operating officer (COO), according to a company press release on 4 February. Seki is set to take the post effective 1 April. Seki is currently serving as special executive consultant. Prior to that, Seki was executive officer, vice-...
    Yokohama Rubber’s FY 2019 net profit grows 17.8% y/y to USD384.8 million
    The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd. has announced its financial results for the fiscal year ended 31 December 2019 in a press release on 14 February. The Japanese tire-maker reported a 17.8% year-over-year (y/y) rise in net profit to JPY41.9 billion (approximately USD384.8 million) in 2019. Yokohama also ...
    Ichikoh’s FY2019 net income down 46.5% y/y to USD47.8 million
    Ichikoh Industries, a Valeo company, has reported a 46.5% year-on-year (y/y) decline in net profit to JPY5.2 billion (USD47.8 million) for the fiscal year ended 31 December, according to a company press release on 13 February. Net sales for the year amounted to JPY133 billion, down 5.4% y/y. Lower s...
    Akebono reports net income of USD192 million during April-December 2019
    Japan-based supplier of brake systems, Akebono Brake Industry has reported a net profit of JPY20.9 billion (USD192 million) for the April to December 2019 period, compared to a net loss of JPY17.7 billion in the same period a year ago, according to a company press release on 13 February. Net sales f...
    Yamaha Motor develops new electric motor for EVs
    Yamaha Motor has developed a new high-performance electric motor prototype for automobiles and other types of vehicles, the company announced in a press release on 4 February. The electric motor has a power output between 35 kW and 200kW. Yamaha Motor has already started accepting orders for the ele...
    17-Feb-2020 News New Products
    Samsung SDI to source Cobalt from Glencore
    Samsung SDI has signed a five-year agreement with Glencore to source cobalt hydroxide between 2020 and 2024, Glencore announced in a press release on 10 February. Under the terms of this supply contract, Glencore will provide up to 21,000 tonnes of cobalt contained in cobalt hydroxide. The cobalt wi...
    Nidec expands EV motor lineup with two new models
    Nidec has added new two variants to its lineup of motors for electric vehicles (EV)—a 200 kW motor and a 50 kW motor—the company announced in a press release on 13 February. The 200 kW model is for the D and E segments (large family cars and full-size/executive cars) and the 50 kW model is for t...
    14-Feb-2020 News New Products
    Hyundai Group, Canoo to jointly develop new EV platform
    Hyundai Group and electric vehicle (EV) start-up Canoo have partnered to jointly develop a new EV platform, Canoo announced in a press release on 11 February. The platform will be based on Canoo’s proprietary skateboard design and will underpin upcoming Hyundai and Kia models. As part of the colla...
    Hankook collaborates with Amazon Web Services to use AI, big data to develop efficient tires
    South Korean tire-maker Hankook Tire is partnering with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to incorporate more digital technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI) and big data into tire development, according to a company press release on 11 February 2020. “As we continue to drive our technologic...
    13-Feb-2020 News New Products
    COVID-19 outbreak: Hyundai, Kia resume production in South Korea as components supply improves
    Hyundai and Kia have partially restarted vehicle production at their plants in South Korea on resumed supply of parts from China, Yonhap News Agency reported on 11 February. The two automakers, which are part of Hyundai Motor Group, had suspended all manufacturing operations at their domestic plants...
    13-Feb-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 outbreak: Nissan to halt production at Japanese plant due to supply shortages of parts from China
    Nissan plans to temporarily halt production at its Kyushu plant in Japan due to supply shortage or parts from China amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Reuters reported earlier this week. The automaker said in a statement that output would be affected on Friday (14 February) and on Monday...
    13-Feb-2020 News COVID-19
    Koito invests USD50 million in US-based lidar startup Cepton
    Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (Koito) has invested USD50 million to acquire shares of Cepton Technologies, Inc. (Cepton), a US-based startup company that designs and manufactures lidar for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving, the two companies said in separate ...
    07-Feb-2020 News Investments
    AGC’s FY2019 net income drops by half y/y to USD407.4 million
    AGC’s net income declined 50.4% year-on-year (y/y) to JPY44.4 billion (USD403.9 million) in the fiscal year ended on 31 December 2019, the company said on 5 February. Net sales dropped slightly by 0.3% y/y to JPY1.51 trillion. Operating profit for the year declined 15.7% y/y to JPY101.6 billi...
    NSK expands ball screw production for electric-hydraulic brakes in Japan
    Japan-based NSK Ltd. is expanding production of ball screw units for electric-hydraulic brakes in Japan. According to a company press release on 4 February, the company has inaugurated a second production line for ball screw units at Akagi Plant (NSK Steering Systems Co Ltd.) in Japan. The comp...
    05-Feb-2020 News Investments
    Panasonic's April-December 2019 net sales fall 5.3% y/y to USD52.7 billion
    Panasonic has reported a decline of 5.3% year on year (y/y) in net sales to JPY5.7 trillion (USD52.7 billion) for the April to December period, according to a company press release on 3 February. Panasonic witnessed a net profit of JPY178.1 billion, which is a growth of 3.1% y/y. Operating profit fo...
    Central Glass net sales fall 2.7% y/y to USD1.5 billion in April-December period
    Central Glass has reported a fall of 2.5% year on year (y/y) in net sales to JPY166.3 billion (USD1.5 billion) during April-December period, according to a company press release on 3 February. Net profit for the period was also down by 36.4% y/y, to JPY4.3 billion. The company’s operating profit f...
    Hyundai Wia secures orders from European and US automakers to supply constant velocity joints
    Hyundai Wia has won an order from European and American automakers to supply constant-velocity joints (CV joints), The Korea Herald reported on 29 January, citing the company. The total order is worth KRW702 billion (USD596 million). Nearly 55% of the parts supplied will be equipped in eco-frie...
    ZKW integrates LG Electronics’ rear light business
    ZKW Group, which was acquired by LG Electronics in 2018, is integrating the rear light business of LG Electronics, ZKW announced in a press release on 23 January. To this end, the Austrian lighting major is integrating LG Electronics’ rear light production in Ningbo, China. The company also establ...
    04-Feb-2020 News Investments
    Toyota, Panasonic decide to establish JV specializing in automotive prismatic batteries
    Toyota and Panasonic have concretized their plans to establish a joint venture (JV) to develop prismatic batteries for the automotive industry, Toyota announced in a press release on 3 February. Named ‘Prime Planet Energy & Solutions’, the JV is expected to start operations from April 2020. ...
    Nissin Kogyo raises equity stake in two JVs to 74%
    Nissin Kogyo has completed the share purchase of 74% in two joint ventures (JV). According to a press release on 31 January, Nissin Kogyo will hold 74% of Veoneer-Nissin Brake Systems Japan Co Ltd. (VNBJ) and Veoneer Nissin Brake Systems (Zhongshan) Co Ltd. (VNBZ) shares respectively, and ...
    Aisin Seiki’s April-December net profit drops 43.9% y/y to USD427.9 million
    Aisin Seiki’s net income declined 43.9% year on year (y/y) to JPY46.7 billion (USD427.9 million) in April to December period ended 31 December 2019, the company said on 31 January. Revenue dropped 4.7% y/y to JPY2.8 trillion, mainly due to a decline in automatic transmission sales in China. The co...
    Koito announces absorption-type merger of wholly owned subsidiary
    Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd. has announced an absorption-type merger of its wholly-owned subsidiary, KI Holdings Co., Ltd. (KIHD), the Japanese supplier said in a press release on 30 January. The merger would be effective 1 April 2020. The merger is an absorption-type merger in which Koito is the s...
    Kumho Tire supplies OE tire for new Audi Q5
    Kumho Tire is supplying tires as original equipment (OE) fitment for the new Audi Q5, according to a report by Tyre Press on 30 January. Audi is now equipping its new Q5 model destined for some markets with the Kumho Crugen Premium KL33. Kumho supplies tire in size 235/55 R19 101H. “We’re ple...
    NTN reports USD10.3 million net loss for first nine months of 2019
    NTN has reported a net loss of JPY1.1 billion (USD10.3 million) for the first nine months ended 31 December 2019, compared with a net profit of JPY9 billion in the same period a year ago, according to a company press release on 30 January. Net sales for the period also declined 10.4% year on year (y...
    Koito’s net profit down 14.5% y/y to USD399.7 million in first nine months of 2019
    Koito's net profit declined 14.5% year on year (y/y) to JPY43.5 billion (USD399.6 million) in the first nine months ended 31 December 2019, according to a company press release on 30 January. Net sales for the period were also down marginally (0.6%) y/y to JPY604.4 billion. The Japanese automot...
    Toray develops new film with nano-lamination technology
    Toray has developed a new film called ‘PICASUS VT’ using a nano-lamination technology, the company announced in a press release on 29 January. The film can be used in areas such as augmented and mixed reality for Head-Mounted Display (HMD) and Head-Up Display (HUD), and privacy filter and displa...
    30-Jan-2020 News New Products
    Mitsubishi Electric develops new EV power conditioner technology
    Mitsubishi Electric has developed a new energy-efficient electric vehicle (EV) power conditioner technology, the company announced in a press release on 29 January. The technology helps improve domestic use of the electricity stored in EV batteries. The newly developed technology facilitates the dom...
    30-Jan-2020 News New Products
    Toray develops new technique to produce spherical polyamide particles for 3D printing
    Toray Industries has developed a technique to produce micro-level spherical particles of polyamide with high melting points (polyamide 6, polyamide 66) for 3Dprinting, according to a company press release on 27 January 2019. The company has explained that it has been difficult to date to achieve tru...
    28-Jan-2020 News New Products
    Toshiba delivers 'H2One' Hydrogen Station Unit to Toyama Hydrogen Energy Promotion Council
    Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation (Toshiba ESS) has delivered ‘H2One™ Station Unit’ to the Toyama Hydrogen Energy Promotion Council, according to a company press release on 23 January. The system started operations at the Toyama City Environment Center in Toyama Prefecture, Ja...
    EconCore signs license agreement with Kotobukiya Fronte for automotive interiors
    EconCore, a developer of lightweight thermoplastic honeycomb core technology, has signed a license agreement with a Japanese automotive tier-1 supplier Kotobukiya Fronte, according to a company press release on 20 January. Kotobukiya Fronte is currently using EconCore’s honeycomb technology f...
    Subaru plans to offer electrification technology in all models by first half of 2030
    In a press release on 20 January, Subaru announced that it is planning to offer electrification technology in all its models in the first half of 2030. By 2030, the automaker expects at least 40% of its global sales to be electric vehicles (EV) or hybrid electric vehicles (HEV). “Even in this o...
    Hyundai Group invests USD110 million in EV start-up Arrival
    Hyundai and Kia Motor have invested EUR100 million (USD110 million) in electric vehicle (EV) start-up Arrival, the company announced in a press release today (16 January). Hyundai Group and Arrival are planning to co-develop small and medium-sized electric vans and other products for logistics, on-d...
    16-Jan-2020 News Investments
    Seeing Machines to exhibit FOVIO driver monitoring chip technology at Automotive World 2020
    Seeing Machines Limited will exhibit its FOVIO Driver Monitoring Chip technology (FOVIO Chip) at the Automotive World in Tokyo, Japan, according to a press release on 12 January. Seeing Machines has also renewed a supplier agreement with Xilinx, where Xilinx will supply the FOVIO Chip directly ...
    16-Jan-2020 News New Products
    Everlight showcases automotive lighting solutions at NEPCON Japan 2020
    Taiwan-based Everlight Electronics is showcasing its complete automotive production lines and related modules such as mini LED lamps, smart multi array lamps and fish scale rear lamps at the NEPCON Japan this week, LEDinside reported on 15 January. The display includes the company’s EL SMARTLED se...
    16-Jan-2020 News New Products
    Kia unveils ‘Plan S’ strategy for electrification, mobility services
    Kia has announced a new strategy ‘Plan S’ to accelerate its electrification and mobility solution initiatives, according to a company press release on 14 January. As per Plan S, Kia is aiming to offer 11 electric vehicles (EV) by 2025. By that time, Kia is targeting to capture 6.6% of globa...
    LEVC launches electric TX model in Japan
    London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC) has launched its electric TX model taxi in Japan, the company announced in a  press release on 10 January. LEVC will open order books in February and first customer deliveries begin in second quarter of 2020. Fleetway and Service Company, based in Yokohama...
    13-Jan-2020 News New Products
    Toyota aims to sell 500,000 EVs by 2025
    Toyota is aiming to sell 500,000 all-electric vehicles globally by 2025, Nikkei Asian Review reported on 9 January. Toyota is planning to launch at least 10 new models internationally by 2025. In total, the company is aiming to sell 5.5 million electrified vehicles which will include mainly hybrid v...
    Aisin collaborates with Vayyar Imaging to develop exterior vehicle sensing
    Japan-based Aisin Seiki Co Ltd. has teamed up with Vayyar Imaging, an Israeli company specializing in 4D imaging sensor technology, to develop high resolution short-range radar (SRR) for exterior vehicle sensing, according to a press release on 7 January. The collaboration will see the integrat...
    09-Jan-2020 News New Products
    South Korea to increase e-mobility subsidy budget for 2020
    South Korean Government is planning to allocate KRW950 billion (USD821 million) towards electromobility activities in South Korea, which is a growth of 54% as compared to allocation in 2019, Yonhap News Agency reported on 3 January, citing Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy. The amount will be u...
    Smart Eye wins orders for driver monitoring systems from Japanese, European OEMs
    Smart Eye has won orders for its driver monitoring system (DMS) from Japanese and European automakers, according to a company press release on 11 November. The company received orders from a new Japanese OEM and existing European automakers. Smart Eye’s technology will feature in three new ca...
    Hyundai, Kia recall 642,272 vehicles in South Korea over issues with engine, front collision avoidance system
    Hyundai and Kia are recalling 642,272 vehicles in South Korea over two different issues, reports the Yonhap News Agency, citing the South Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MLIT). The recall covers six different vehicle models. Significance: Hyundai is recalling Grand Starex l...
    02-Jan-2020 News Recalls
    Mercedes-Benz launches S560 e plug-in hybrid sedan in South Korea
    Mercedes-Benz has launched its luxury flagship sedan, the new S 560 e in South Korea, according to a report by Korea Herald on 29 December. The third-generation plug-in hybrid new S560 e features spacious interior, innovative suspension system and boasts high fuel efficiency. The new S 560 e is equi...
    Japanese trading firm Marubeni to invest in Chinese EV startup BYTON
    Japanese trading firm Marubeni has signed an agreement to invest in Chinese electric vehicle (EV) startup BYTON, Nikkei Asian Review reported on 25 December. Although the exact figure was not disclosed, Marubeni is expected to invest several million dollars in the EV startup. Under the partnership, ...
    Mitsubishi Motors to stop developing new diesel engines
    Mitsubishi Motor is planning to stop the development of any new diesel engines in the future, Nikkei Asian Review reported on 26 December. The company will also stop sales of the diesel variants of all its key models by the end of 2021. Significance: According to the report, Mitsubishi Motor expe...
    Toshiba opens new hydrogen refueling station in Japan
    Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation (Toshiba ESS) has opened a new hydrogen refueling station in Tsuruga City, Japan, the company announced in a press release on 26 December. The “H2One Station Unit” made by Toshiba ESS is a system that produces hydrogen using electric power gener...
    Okayama Murata to build new ceramic components plant in Japan
    Okayama Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of Murata Manufacturing Company, Ltd., has announced plans to build a new plant in Japan to produce ceramic components used in electronic devices, according to a company press release on 24 December. The company began construction on a new product...
    Denso announces organizational, personnel changes
    Denso has announced certain organizational and personnel changes, effective 1 January 2020, according to a company press release on 25 December. The Japanese company will establish the Advanced Mobility Systems Business Development Division as a company-wide organization. The division will have t...
    TactoTek, Yongsan join hands for injection-molded structural electronics for Interior parts
    TactoTek and Yongsan have joined hands for injection-molded structural electronics (IMSE™) for interior parts, TactoTek announced in a press release on 16 December 2019. Under the partnership, Yongsan will market and sell automotive interior parts with TactoTek IMSE features. Under the agreement, ...
    Toyoda Gosei announces organizational, personnel changes
    Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd. has announced organizational and certain personnel changes, effective 1 January 2020, according to a company press release on 25 December. The Japanese supplier has decided to combine advanced development functions of the Research and Development (R&D) Division and the Mat...
    SK Innovation to supply batteries to Hyundai for new electric CUV
    SK Innovation is set to supply batteries for Hyundai’s upcoming electric crossover utility vehicle (CUV), NNA Business News reported on 20 December. SK Innovation will initially supply batteries for CUV’s first batch of 500,000 units. The battery is expected to enable a range of 500 kilometers (...
    New Toyota Yaris to get hybrid powertrain
    Toyota will equip its new Yaris hatchback with a hybrid powertrain, the company announced in a press release on 20 December. The car's next-generation Toyota Hybrid System II is based around a 1.5L inline three-cylinder Dynamic Force Engine which enables a fuel-efficiency of 36 kilometers per liter,...
    24-Dec-2019 News New Products
    CES 2020: Toyota Boshoku to showcase MX91 concept, MOOX MaaS space model
    Toyota Boshoku will exhibit two automotive interior space concepts designed for use in autonomous driving—future concept model ‘MX191’ and MaaS space model ‘MOOX’—at the upcoming CES 2020 next month in Las Vegas, United States, according to a company press release on 19 December. Sign...
    Showa Denko to acquire Hitachi Chemical
    Showa Denko  has decided to fully acquire Hitachi Chemical Company for JPY964 billion (USD8.8 billion), the company announced in a  press release on 18 December. The tender offeror aims to commence the tender offer by around February 2020. Significance: Showa Denko said that it has high...
    NSK develops wirelessly chargeable in-wheel motor
    NSK has developed a new in-wheel motor which comprises motor, inverter and a wireless charging unit, the company announced in a press release on 18 December. The innovative wireless in-wheel motor (W-IWM) for the electric vehicle (EV) market is capable of charging from coils embedded in the road, wh...
    23-Dec-2019 News New Products
    SNT Corporation sales decrease 11% to USD94.5 million in Q2 2019
    Japanese auto components manufacturer SNT Corporation has released its financial results for the second quarter of the fiscal year ending March 31st, 2020, in a press statement issued on 14 November. The company reported a reduction in sales during the period between 1 April  2019 to 30 Septemb...
    Japan to make automatic braking mandatory for new vehicles from November 2021
    Japan plans to make fitment of the automatic emergency braking (AEB) system mandatory in all new and remodeled passenger cars sold in the country from November 2021, The Japan Times reported on 17 December. The existing models will be required to be equipped with automatic brake systems from De...
    CES 2020: Bridgestone to present airless tires and mobility solutions
    Bridgestone will exhibit airless tires, proactive smart-tire technology and webfleet solutions at the 2020 CES in Las Vegas, US next month, the Japanese tire-maker announced in a press release on 18 December. Bridgestone will display its portfolio of advanced air free tires, including concep...
    Bridgestone develops smart strain sensor technology for autonomous vehicles
    Bridgestone has announced the development of a technology capable of estimating a wheel axle load and tire wear condition by using newly developed sensors attached inside the tires, according to a company press release on 18 December. These sensors can measure change in strain that occurs when ...
    19-Dec-2019 News New Products
    South Korea increases purchasing of green cars in 2019 to align with new energy drive
    The public sector organizations of South Korea have ramped up the purchasing of environmentally-friendly vehicles this year amidst a new energy drive, according to a report filed by Seoul-based news agency Yonhap on December 10th. This purchasing includes fuel cell vehicles in particular, and is bei...
    Toyota Research Institute-Advanced Development commence operations at Tokyo head office
    Toyota Research Institute-Advanced Development (TRI-AD), a company established by Toyota Motor to develop automated driving software, has commenced full scale operations at its new head office in Nihonbashi, Tokyo, Japan, the automaker said in a press release on 17 December. TRI-AD moved into the ne...
    18-Dec-2019 News Investments
    BorgWarner to showcase latest solutions for EVs at EV Japan 2020
    Borgwarner is set to showcase its latest solutions for electric vehicles (EV) at the upcoming EV Japan 2020 next month, the company announced in a press release on 12 December. The exhibit will include electric motors, battery and transmission technologies, power electronics, integrated driving modu...
    Nissan to offer upgraded ADAS technologies, connected features in LEAF for Japanese market
    Nissan will offer upgraded advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and connected features in the Nissan LEAF for the Japanese market from next month, the automaker said in a press release on 16 December. The upgraded features include improvements to the LEAF’s ProPILOT driver assistance technolo...
    Toshiba develops general-purpose system power IC for automotive applications
    Toshiba Electronic Devices & Storage has launched a new general-purpose system power IC ‘TB9045FNG’ for automotive applications, according to a company press release on 10 December. The new power IC is available in four versions, with output voltages ranging from 1.1V to 1.5V. the company ex...
    11-Dec-2019 News New Products
    Yokohama Rubber supplies OE tires for Porsche’s Cayenne Premium SUV
    Yokohama Rubber began supplying its Advan and Avid brand of tires as original equipment (OE) fitment for Porsche’s new Cayenne premium sport utility vehicle (SUV), according to a press release on 10 December. The tire-maker is supplying Advan Sport V105 and AVID GT OE tires for the new Porsche Cay...
    CES 2019: Koito to exhibit advanced lighting products
    Koito Manufacturing, in collaboration with its subsidiary North American Lighting Inc, will exhibit advanced lighting products at the CES 2020 to be held in Las Vegas, United States, next month, according to a company press release on 9 December. Koito’ said its ‘Sensor Lighting Solution’...
    SK Innovation partners with Glencore to source Cobalt for EV batteries
    SK Innovation has signed a long-term contract with Glencore to source up to 30,000 tonnes of cobalt contained in hydroxide between 2020 and 2025, Glencore announced in a press release on 4 December. The cobalt in this supply contract will be sourced from Glencore’s industrial mining operations loc...
    Ecopro BM partners with Blackstone Minerals for battery materials
    South Korean battery cathode  maker Ecopro BM has partnered with Blackstone Minerals for battery materials for lithium-ion batteries, Blackstone Mineral announced in a press release today (2  December). Ecopro BM and Blackstone have signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) un...
    Bridgestone to establish Innovation Park to accelerate innovation in Japan
    Japan-based Bridgestone Corporation has announced plans to create ‘Bridgestone Innovation Park’, a global center of research, development, and wellness that will help the company accelerate its transformation into a global leader in advanced mobility and sustainable solutions for a world in moti...
    Sumitomo Rubber develops ‘Tire Leap AI Analysis’ for development of long-lasting tire
    Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd (SRI) has developed a new technology that makes use of artificial intelligence (AI) to predict the properties of rubber, according to a company press release on 26 November. The technology called ‘Tyre Leap AI Analysis’ can also detect rubber’s structural changes...
    27-Nov-2019 News New Products
    Kasai Kogyo net income drops 42.1% y/y to USD12.9 million in H1 2019
    Japan-based automotive interior parts supplier Kasai Kogyo has reported a 42.1% year-on-year (y/y) decline in net income to JPY1.4 billion (USD12.9 million) for the first six months ended 30 September 2019, according to a company press release on 14 November. Net sales for the period also fell by 9%...
    Bridgestone unveils rubber/resin hybrid polymer
    Bridgestone has developed a new rubber/resin hybrid polymer called SUSYM, the Japanese supplier said in a press release on 11 November. The company claims it to be the first polymer that bonds rubbers and resins on the molecular level. “SUSYM boasts the high levels of durability and resistance of ...
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