Autoneum, Nittoku and Toyota Boshoku establish JV for R&D

Oct 6, 2017   Tier Suppliers

Three automobile suppliers: Autoneum, Nittoku and Toyota Boshoku are expanding their existing collaboration through joint research and development activities in vehicle acoustics by means of a joint venture.

As of 2018, the initial customer Toyota will benefit from this bundling of acoustics expertise in pre-development studies as well as through innovative components for optimised vehicle acoustics.

The collaboration, which is subject to approval by regulatory authorities, is expected to begin in January 2018. By means of the joint venture acoustic studies for Toyota Motor Corporation and other automotive related companies will be conducted in Japan under the scientific lead of Autoneum.

In future, customers will benefit from the expertise of the Swiss innovation leader and its Japanese partners both in the pre-development of vehicle models with NV benchmarking (noise, vibration) and subsequently in the vehicle development with the computer-aided design of customised acoustics systems. In order to guarantee the highest standards, measurement systems and simulation software developed by Autoneum will be deployed at the acoustic centre located at Toyota Boshoku in Japan.

For more than 50 years, Autoneum and Nittoku have cooperated successfully in the global supply of Japanese OEMs with innovative and lightweight components for acoustic and thermal management. Together they operate seven joint ventures worldwide. The future acoustics development for Toyota together with Toyota Boshoku, a leading producer of interior systems, will serve to further expand the collaboration of the three automobile suppliers in the field of vehicle interior systems that has been in place since 2012.

(pictured left to right: Yoshimasa Ishii, President Toyota Boshoku, Martin Hirzel, CEO Autoneum and Makio Sakai, President & COO Nittoku)

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