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AVL Opens State-of-the-Art Technical Center in Japan

With the opening of the new AVL Technical Center in Kawasaki, Japan, on November 17, 2016, a center has been put into operation that will serve as a major technology hub for the Japanese automotive industry.  

Foto AVL Tech Center in Kawasaki, Japan

With the opening of the new AVL Technical Center in Kawasaki, Japan, on November 17, 2016, a center has been put into operation that will serve as a major technology hub for the Japanese automotive industry. AVL CEO Helmut List: "With the new tech center for modern powertrain technology AVL is even closer to our Japanese customers. The center will contribute essentially toward the success in the development of future-proof powertrain technologies through synergies between engineering, simulation, and testing."


The new AVL Technical Center in Japan was designed with the aim to cut development time and costs, and will deliver engineering services geared to the entire powertrain. The center houses a team of 60 experts specializing in design, simulation, development and calibration, and was designed with a central focus on increased customer proximity. Equipped with state-of-the-art measuring and simulation equipment as well as expertise from its global AVL network, AVL will be supporting OEMs and suppliers in their efforts to develop future-proof drive systems that meet the specific requirements in Japan.

State-of-the-art AVL technology and an extensive range of services

The AVL Technical Center will initially have one powertrain testbed and two engine testbeds. Further engine and powertrain testbeds including chassis dynamometers will follow in the later stages of completion. OEMs will so be able to test engines with original exhaust gas systems as well as powertrains, and run virtual tests in the most advanced environments in order to continue to satisfy the most stringent requirements.

The engineering services available at the new AVL Technical Center include performance and emission calibration, on-board diagnosis system calibration, drivability calibration as well as benchmarking and model-based development for all type of powertrains including hybrid and electric powertrains. SOP application design, system and component analysis and a highly competent project management team are further strengths of the new Technical Center. Harald Alge, General Manager of AVL Japan: "90% of the development team in Kawasaki is made up of local experts. This helps us better understand the Japanese development processes and needs, and makes us even more efficient and effective when we work together with our customers."



AVL 最新鋭のテクニカルセンターを⽇日本に開設

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With more than 12,200 employees, AVL is one of the world's leading mobility technology companies for development, simulation, and testing in the automotive industry and in other sectors such as rail, marine, and energy. Based on extensive in-house research activities, AVL delivers concepts, technology solutions, methodologies, and development tools for a greener, safer, and better world of mobility and beyond.

AVL supports international partners and customers in their sustainable and digital transformation. The focus lies on the areas of electrification, software, AI and automation. In addition, AVL supports companies in energy-intensive sectors on their way to a greener and more efficient energy generation and supply.

Innovation is AVL's passion. Together with an international network of experts at more than 90 locations and 45 Tech and Engineering Centers worldwide, AVL is driving the future of mobility. In 2023, the company generated a turnover of 2.05 billion Euros, of which 10 % are invested in R&D activities.

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