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AWTEC finds success in diversity

By Angelo Romualdez
- Dec 29, 2014
Credit : GMI Post

Established in 1988, AWTEC began operations in Plymouth, Michigan to support its parent company Aisin AW (subsidiary of Aisin Seiki), by remanufac­turing automatic transmissions for Toyota vehicles throughout North America.

“We came to North America due to a need for our services by Toyota, but as time went on our customer base grew and the breadth of our product offerings followed.” recalled AWTEC President Eiji Kato.

AWTEC President Eiji Kato

AWTEC currently serves 18 different original equipment (OE) customers, covering more than 60 vehicle models and 400 automatic transmission part numbers. Today, those OE customers include Ford, General Motors, Lexus, Mazda, Suzuki, Toyota and Volvo.

Because of its growing diver­sity, and the needs of its cus­tomers, AWTEC has had to con­tinue to innovate and expand its capabilities. This, combined with an unceasing focus on qual­ity and customer service, has earned the company the respect of its customers and a number of awards.

As Aisin AW’s first subsid­iary in North America, AWTEC plays an important role in the future of the parent company’s global operations. It is one of the few remanufacturers of six and eight-speed transmission technologies, which have been a source of continued growth.

“This is a very exciting time for the company. Although we are still primarily a remanufac­turer of automatic transmis­sions, we are set to explore new areas that will present more opportunities for the business,” explained Kato.

Indeed, AWTEC has further expanded its capa­bilities and product offerings by starting its first ever navigation system media processing opera­tion.

On AWTEC’s priorities in the coming years, Kato is very clear, saying, “Quality in the service to our customers and the innovation in our technology will al­ways be our priority.” 

- Originally prepared by Global Media for The Japan Times Special Report on the U.S. Midwest 2014 (Credit: Philippe Le SauxAngelo RomualdezElizabeth Arcega and Brian Banta)

Nonstop innovation in laser technology

By Angelo Romualdez
- Dec 29, 2014
Credit : GMI Post

The R&D arm of the Japan-based Aisin Group, IMRA America Inc. established its operations in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 1990 and capitalized on their own technological expertise with the University of Michigan.

IMRA America President Takashi Omitsu

“We were fortunate to have the University of Michigan provide us with a perfect introduction to the state as they have been the most reliable research partner in improving our laser technology. The company and the university are able to dream up some new thing and we make products that always require improvement. To me, the key of success today was patience, patience and patience in these high tech products, which came from Japanese style of management.” said IMRA America President Takashi Omitsu.

Also active in Europe and Asia, the North American operation of IMRA remains the most success­ful both in research and revenue, as it has built an impressive IP portfolio.

“We are always open to work­ing with other researchers in the field of laser technology engineering as well as companies seeking the best and most-advanced laser technology in the market,” said Omitsu.

With its well-established repu­tation for quality, reliability and longevity, IMRA America’s products have become the preferred choice in the medical sector.

“We are at the forefront of de­veloping new laser technology but now there is a need to create new applications for our prod­ucts. So, we are seeking part­nerships to execute these goals with,” said Omitsu. 

- Originally prepared by Global Media for The Japan Times Special Report on the U.S. Midwest 2014 (Credit: Philippe Le SauxAngelo RomualdezElizabeth Arcega and Brian Banta)

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