Regional Information Iwate

Iwate, where hardworking and honest human resources support the global development of automobile and semiconductor-related industries

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Department of Commerce, Industry, Labor and Tourism Offfice of Automotive Manufacturing and Development

10-1 Uchimaru Morioka-city, Iwate Prefecture 020-8570
Tel: 019-629-5563 Fax: 019-629-5569
AE0004@pref.iwate.jp

Iwate

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The information below is as of November 2017.

Automotive-related industries

(Related sectors: Automobile and Transport Equipment, ICT, Electronics)

Attractive features

Since the establishment of the Iwate Plant of Kanto Auto Works, Ltd. - the Toyota Group's automobile assembly plant - a large number of automotive-related industries have located in Iwate Prefecture. A new automobile assembly plant started operations in a neighboring prefecture in 2011, so locating in the south of Iwate as a halfway point between these two plants has become an increasingly attractive prospect. (In 202, Toyota Motor East Japan, Inc. was established through the merger of Toyota's three group companies including Kanto Auto Works, Ltd.)
Iwate Prefecture has been actively working for provision of personnel training for professional design engineers able to make use of 3D CAD etc. by opening the Iwate Center for Fostering of Digital Engineers in Kitakami City.

Principal Japanese companies in the industry
  • Toyota Moter East Japan, Ltd., Iwate Plant
  • Denso Iwate Co,Ltd.
  • Nippon Piston Ring Co., Ltd.
  • Toyota Boshoku Corporation
  • Aisin Tohoku Co., Ltd.
  • Iwate Kasai Co., Ltd.
  • Tohoku INOAC Co., Ltd., Kitakami Plant
  • Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd., Iwate Plant

and more

Major education/research institutes of the industry
  • Iwate Center for Fostering of Digital Engineers

By fostering human resources versed in the advanced technologies of 3D design and fully utilizing 3D tools. The center aims to establish itself as one of the nation's most popular bases for fostering of next-generation core human resources in the field of manufacturing capable of enhancing the competitive edge of companies.

  • Iwate Industry Promotion Center
  • Iwate Industrial Research Institute

Semiconductor-related industries

(Related sectors: Electronics, Environment and Energy)

Attractive features

A number of major semiconductor manufacturers have established a presence in Iwate Prefecture. These include Iwate Toshiba Electronics Co., Ltd. and Denso Iwate Co, Ltd. which engage in LSI manufacturing, and Tokyo Electron Tohoku Ltd., specializing in semiconductor manufacturing equipment. The companies in cooperation with these businesses and trading partners are establishing facilities in the prefecture, and trade relations with local companies are expanding smoothly.
Through the activities of I-SEP, an organization based on industry-university-government cooperation, Iwate Prefecture is engaged in enhancing trade relations among local companies, collecting information on the advancement of semiconductor manufacturers, and implementing further efforts to attract semiconductor-related corporations.

Principal Japanese companies in the industry
  • Iwate Toshiba Electronics Co., Ltd.
  • Denso Iwate Co, Ltd.
  • J-Devices Corporation, Kitakami center
  • Mizusawa Semiconductor Co. Ltd.
  • Misuzu Industries Corporation. Iwate Plant
  • CLEAN SURFACE TECHNOLOGY Co. Esashi Plant
  • Tokyo Electron Tohoku Limited
Major industry cluster plans, special zones and industry-government-academia collaboration of the industry
  • Iwate Semiconductor and Electronics Industries Promotion Conference

A platform for cooperation among academic, administrative and industrial organization with the objective of formation of semiconductor-related industrial clusters.

  • Kitakami River Basin Manufacturing Network

The network unites companies, schools and administrative institutions from the Morioka region, the area with the most advanced industrial clustering in Iwate Prefecture, to the Ichinoseki region. It is expected for the network to foster human resources that will support the manufacturing industries.

  • Tohoku Monozukuri Corridor, Tohoku Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry
  • Basic Plan Formulation Zone pursuant to the Enterprise Location Promotion Law (Kitakami River Region)

IT-related industries including embedded software

(Related sectors: ICT, Automobile and Transport Equipment, Electronics)

Attractive features

IT industries focused on embedded software technologies hold the key to enhancing the added value and the sophistication of the automotive-related industries, the semiconductor-related industries, and other manufacturing sectors positioned as core industries in Iwate Prefecture. In the Greater Morioka Area, authorities have positioned industries related to embedded software and IT and systems as cluster industries under the Enterprise Location Promotion Law, and are engaged in efforts for attracting related companies.

Principal Japanese companies in the industry
  • AISIN COMCRUISE Co., Ltd.
  • ICS Co., Ltd.
  • ERi inc.
  • NEC Tohoku, Ltd.
  • NEXT Co., Ltd.
  • Yamura Electric Industry Co., LTD
Major education/research institutes of the industry

A wide variety of educational and R&D organizations such as Iwate Prefectural University and its software information faculty have poured efforts into the integration and promotion of embedded software and ICT-related industries. The results of these abundant initiatives have been highly praised throughout Japan. In 2011, Iwate Monozukuri and Software Integration Technology Center, known as i-MOS, was established to help promote the auto, semiconductor, and medical-equipment industries in the area. The center, with its cutting-edge research equipment, seeks to become a hub for creative innovation.

Major industry cluster plans, special zones and industry-government-academia collaboration of the industry
  • Tohoku Monozukuri Corridor, Tohoku Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry
  • Basic Plan Formulation Zone pursuant to the Enterprise Location Promotion Law (Greater Morioka Area)