Yokohama, Japan/Lake Forest, IL, April 22, 2016 - Tenneco (NYSE: TEN) announced today the expansion of its technical center in Japan. Located in Yokohama, the facility provides engineering and product development services including a full range of product testing capabilities. The technical center supports Tenneco’s full line of Clean Air and Ride Performance products for applications including light vehicles, commercial trucks and off-highway equipment.
“I am pleased to officially open our expanded research and development center to serve our Japan-based customers with state-of-the-art engineering capabilities,” said Patrick Guo, Tenneco senior vice president and general manager - Asia Pacific. “Our engineering know-how, global regulatory expertise and capabilities in systems integration are driving Tenneco’s success in serving our customers with innovative, cost-effective solutions.”
Technical Center Capabilities
The Tenneco Japan Technical Center features two engine dynamometers used in the testing of emissions control systems for both diesel and gasoline engines. Additional emission control testing capabilities include an anechoic chamber for acoustic testing, cold flow bench for backpressure verification, thermal durability testing, hot vibration testing, system design and analysis, modeling, acoustic analysis and performance validation using advanced CAE tools.
Tenneco’s technical center also offers testing capabilities for vehicle suspension products including predictive analysis, performance evaluation and acoustic testing. To support development of complete ride performance systems, Tenneco Japan engineers also use two specially-designed mobile ride tuning vans to create custom solutions for customers. Working from these mobile laboratories on-site at a customer’s location, Tenneco engineers can create suspension systems optimized for a specific brand’s ride, handling and comfort characteristics.
The 6,800-square meter facility currently has 18 employees including engineering and testing personnel.
“This expansion demonstrates our commitment to our Japan-based customers and further strengthens our global engineering footprint,” said Yasuharu Shimonishi, general manager, Japan and global Japan OEM business for Tenneco. “We continue to enhance our capabilities in Japan with a focus on providing our automotive and commercial truck and off-highway customers with leading technologies and outstanding engineering support globally.”
In addition to the expanded technical center and administrative offices in Yokohama, Tenneco’s presence in Japan includes a manufacturing facility in Osaka and offices in Nagoya. Tenneco has operated in Japan since 1973, and today, the company supplies clean air and ride performance products globally to eight Japan-based light vehicle and off-highway equipment manufacturers.
Tenneco is an $8.2 billion global manufacturing company with headquarters in Lake Forest, Illinois and approximately 30,000 employees worldwide. Tenneco is one of the world’s largest designers, manufacturers and marketers of clean air and ride performance products and systems for automotive and commercial vehicle original equipment markets and the aftermarket. Tenneco’s principal brand names are Monroe®, Walker®, XNOx® and Clevite®Elastomer.