Acquisition ‘strengthens JTEKT’s global ECU development capabilities’, says company
Koyo Canada, a subsidiary of automotive technology company JTEKT, has acquired the assets of a Halifax, Nova Scotia research and development facility previously owned by KSR International, a Canadian company.
The acquisition strengthens JTEKT global engine control unit (ECU) development for vehicle steering and driveline products, and will set the foundation for further expansion of its global electrification capabilities and plans.
The new KCI Halifax R&D facility allows JTEKT to more efficiently respond to the expanding demands of autonomous driving support, steer-by-wire and high voltage systems.
With electrical, software and mechanical engineering in-house, JTEKT will be optimally positioned to meet the needs of the Detroit 3, European OEMs and both current and future electric vehicle companies.
Building upon its years of experience with EPS (electric power steering), and redundant design, functional safety, high voltage support, and motor control unit (MCU) development for H-EPS (hydraulic electric power steering system), JTEKT aims to use these enhanced technical capabilities to become a “one source shop” for the entire life cycle of steering and driveline products – from ideation to production.
Moving forward, the Halifax R&D facility will develop products in collaboration with other affiliated companies such as JTEKT IT Development Center Akita Corporation, Koyo Electronics, and the joint venture company, J-QuAD Dynamics, to not only meet customer current needs, but to lead the way with new ideas and products for the future of driving.