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The information below is as of November 2017.

Next-Generation Automotive

(Related sectors: Automobile and Transport Equipment, Aircraft, Environment and energy)

Attractive features

Aichi Prefecture has one of the world's largest concentrations of automotive and automotive-related companies, centered on global vehicle sales leader Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota City), which provide the driving force behind the region's economy. The number of business facilities (major companies' headquarters, factories, etc.) for transportation-related equipment and machinery is abiyt 1,500, and they employ more than 260,000 people; and when combined with other, related industries, the concentration in Aichi becomes even greater. All of this is supported by advanced production technology capabilities, outstanding human resources and a legacy of industry. The result is that Aichi's total shipment amount for transportation equipment and machinery makes up about 40% of the national total (putting it at the top) and puts it in the position of Japan's automotive industry leader.

Principal Japanese companies in the industry
  • Toyota Motor Corporation
  • Toyota Industries Corporation
  • Aichi Steel Corporation
  • JTEKT Corporation
  • Toyota Auto Body Co.,Ltd.
  • Toyota Tsusho Corporation
  • Aisin Seiki Co.,Ltd.
  • Denso corporation
  • Toyota Boshoku corporation
  • Toyota Central Research and Development Laboratories
  • Incorporated, Toyoda Gosei Co.,Ltd.
Principal foreign companies in the industry
  • Volkswagen Group Japan Co., Ltd.
  • Magna International Inc. Japan
  • Continental Automotive Systems Japan Corporation
  • Du Pont K.K.
  • Bosch Corporation
  • BorgWarner Morse TEC Japan KK
  • Autoliv Inc
  • Umicore Shokubai
  • UL Japan, Inc
Major education/research institutes of the industry

Toyota Central R&D Labs (Research areas: primarily automotive-related technologies in the areas of energy and the environment, system electronics, safety and comfort, machinery, materials, etc.)

Main Public Testing and Research Institutions
Knowledge Hub (Aichi Center for Industry and Science Technology, Aichi Synchrotron Radiation Center)
Main University, etc., Testing and Research Institutions
Nagoya University Green Mobility Collaborative Research Center

Major industry cluster plans, special zones and industry-government-academia collaboration of the industry

Aichi Automated Driving Promotion Consortium: Matching between companies and universities wishing to conduct demonstration experiments of automated driving and municipalities
Automobiles Safety Technology Project Team: Research and development/demonstration experiments, and diffusion and education activities on automobile safety technology

Aerospace

(Related sectors: Aircraft, Electronics)

Attractive features

Chubu Region centering around Aichi Prefecture is the corporate site of Japan's leading aerospace companies, and the aircraft parts (excluding engines) manufactured in the prefecture total approx. 50% of the national market. These companies are producing approx. 35% of Boeing’s latest 787 passenger aircraft, including the main wings, forward fuselage, and center wings. Furthermore, as the development plans for a domestically produced jetliner and the production of the H3 rocket advance, the concentration of the aerospace industry in Aichi is expected to grow.

Principal Japanese companies in the industry
  • Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
  • Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd.
  • Subaru Corporation
  • Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Aero Engines, Ltd.
  • Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation
  • Toray Industries, Inc.
Principal foreign companies in the industry
  • Dassault Systèmes K.K
  • PPG Japan
  • Magnate Technology Co.,Ltd.
Major education/research institutes of the industry

Toray Industries, Inc. Automotive & Aircraft Center(research field: Carbon fiber composite material molded article; etc. )

Main Public Testing and Research Institutions

Nagoya Flight Research Center,Knowledge Hub (Aichi Center for Industry and Science Technology, Aichi Synchrotron Radiation Center)

Major industry cluster plans, special zones and industry-government-academia collaboration of the industry

In December 2011, the project “Special Zone to Create Asia's No.1 Aerospace Industrial Cluste” that Aichi Prefecture applied for, jointly with Nagoya City and other cities, was designated as the Comprehensive Special Zone for International Competitiveness. Taking advantage of this designation, the prefecture will, while utilizing the government's deregulations and tax/monetary/financial aid measures, promote the further advancement of the aerospace industry as well as the expansion of its cluster, aiming at the world's third largest aerospace industry base next to Seattle in the United States and Toulouse in France.

As for the industry–academia–government collaboration, Aichi Prefecture has entered a collaboration and cooperation agreement regarding the promotion of the aerospace industry with Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) in 2012. While utilizing the Nagoya Flight Research Center, which is adjacent to the Prefectural Nagoya Airport opened in March 2012, and through flight demonstrations using JAXA's jet flying test bed “Hisho,” the prefecture will provide support for commercializing trial products developed by SMEs, conduct collaborative researches with SMEs and universities, and provide technological guidance for such researches.

Robot industry

(Related sectors: Others, Electronics, ICT)

Attractive features

Aichi Prefecture forms the cluster of the robot industry, mainly handling industrial robots, in terms of the shipment value of manufactured products, number of business bases, and the number of employees. The prefecture is not only the center of logistics in Japan in terms of railroads, expressways and ports, but also serves as the gateway for export to the world, with the trade port within the prefecture accounting for 20% of the export value throughout Japan. Aichi Prefecture is working on the development of the robot industry as the third pillar following the automobile industry and aerospace industry.

Principal Japanese companies in the industry
  • STARSEIKI Co.,Ltd.
  • DENSO WAVE INCORPORATED
  • FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LTD.
  • Mitsubishi Electric Corporation Nagoya Works
Major education/research institutes of the industry

Main Public Testing and Research Institutions
Knowledge Hub (Aichi Center for Industry and Science Technology, Aichi Synchrotron Radiation Center)

Major industry cluster plans, special zones and industry-government-academia collaboration of the industry

Aichi Robot Industry Cluster Promotion Council: Aim to formulate a world-class robot industry base by forming a base for R&D and production of robots and by creating new technologies and products.
The first “World Robot Summit,” an international festival of robots, will be held in Aichi International Exhibition Center in 2020.