Alps Alpine Co., Ltd. (Formerly Alps Electric Co., Ltd.)

Company Profile



1-7, Yukigaya-otsukamachi, Ota-ku, Tokyo, 145-8501, Japan

Business Overview

-The Company is a manufacturer of electronic components. It supplies customized products and modules including control panels and steering modules tailored to each model. It also supplies general-purpose components.

-The Company is operating in four business sectors: electronic components, automotive information systems, logistics and others. Automotive market accounts for 33% of the electronic components sector's sales and for 31.2% in the automotive information systems sector. In total, automotive-related business accounts for about 60% of the Group's total sales.  

-Audio equipment and information and communication equipment including car navigation systems are produced and sold mainly by Alpine. In Japan, such equipment is produced by Alpine Manufacturing, Inc.

ーEffective January 2019, the management of Alps Electric Co. Ltd and Alpine Electronics, Inc. were merged and departments such as administration and strategic planning for both companies are managed by Alps Alpine Co., Ltd.


-Listed on the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange. (As of Mar. 31, 2018)
Name or Company Name Investment Ratio (%)
The Master Trust Bank of Japan, Ltd. (Trust Account) 12.10
Japan Trustee Services Bank, Ltd. (Trust Account) 7.35
Mitsui Life Insurance Company Limited 1.83
State Street Bank West Client - Treaty 505234 1.80
Bank of New York Mellon SA/NV 10 1.75
Japan Trustee Services Bank, Ltd. (Trust Account 5) 1.68
Trust & Custody Services Bank, Ltd. (Securities investment trust account) 1.61
The Bank of New York 132561 1.45
Nippon Life Insurance Company 1.40
Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company, Limited 1.28
Total 32.28


HMI (Human Machine Interface) Products
Haptic commanders: Devices that centrally control operations of several onboard equipment
Steering switches
Climate control panels
Passive entry systems
Power mirror switches
Power window switches
Switch modules
Light switch modules
TACT switches: for changing mode
Encoders: for controlling air conditioner panel, car audio, etc.
Multi control devices: for controlling menu and car navigation terminals
Potentiometers (Rotary / Slide type): for controlling air conditioner panel and other devices
Push switches: for controlling hazard lamps, map lamp and etc.
Rotary switches: for selection of air conditioner mode, and switching of blower
Magnetic sheets "Liqualloy"

Body Control Power Train
Steering angle sensors
Accelerator pedal position sensors
Brake pedal position sensors
Throttle valve position sensors
Electronic control throttle position sensors for automotive vehicles/for motor cycles
EGR valve position sensors
Headlight level sensors
Air mix valve sensors
Seat weight sensors
Seat position sensors
Chassis height sensors

Products for In-vehicle Interfaces
Steering combination switch modules
Power seat switch modules
Power window switch modules
Thin multi-circuit cable reels
Bluetooth modules
Tire pressure monitoring systems: for monitoring tire pressure
EGR valve position sensors: for detecting EGR valve opening angle
Throttle position sensors: for detecting throttle valve opening angle
Pedal position sensors: for detecting stepping force of accelerator and brake pedals
Chassis height sensors: for detecting deflection of suspensions
Detector switches: for detecting door locks, trunk opening and closing, etc.
Waterproof detector switch with internal resistors
Seat weight sensors: for smart airbag systems
Steering angle sensors: for electric power steering systems, etc.
Map lamp switches
Rotary sensors

Products for interfacing with vehicle exteriors
Keyless units
Interactive radio wave remote-controls: for door lock and unlock, monitoring battery condition
Keyless systems
TV tuners for terrestrial digital broadcasting, 4 diversity
TV tuners for terrestrial digital broadcasting, 1segment
FM tuners exclusively for VICS
FM/AM tuners for HD radio, IBOC system
FM/AM tuners for DSP
Bluetooth modules
Multi GNSS modules for automotive: UMSZ2 Series
*GNSS: Global Navigation Satellite Systems
V2X (Vehicle to X) modules

>>>See Alpine for details on the Company's audio equipment and car navigation business


Nov. 1948 Established as Kataoka Electric Co., Ltd.
Apr. 1961 Placed on the over-the-counter market of Tokyo.
Oct. 1961 Listed on the 2nd section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange (moved to the 1st section in August 1967)
Sep. 1964 Furukawa Plant established in Furukawa City, Miyagi Prefecture.
Dec. 1964 Company name changed to Alps Electric Co., Ltd.
Jun. 1966 Wakuya Plant established in Tohda-gun, Miyagi Prefecture.
Sep. 1967 Listed on the Osaka Stock Exchange and Nagoya Stock Exchange (Delisted in February 2004)
Jul. 1970 Its Central Laboratory was established at its Furukawa Plant (It has since been relocated to Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture in August 1991)
Sep. 1979 Alps Electric Europe GmbH established in Germany.
Nov. 1984 Established Alps Electric (UK) in England.
Feb. 1987 Alps Electric Korea established in Korea.
Mar. 1988 Alps Electric (Ireland) established in Ireland.
Dec. 1993 Dalian Alps Electronics established in China.
Apr. 1995 Alps Automotive Inc. established in the U.S.
Mar. 1998 All domestic divisions awarded ISO9001.
May, 1998 Precision Machine and Tool Center Kitahara Plant established in Furukawa City, Miyagi Prefecture.
Apr. 1999 Cryodevice Inc., a joint venture with Denso, established.
Dec. 1999 All domestic divisions awarded ISO14001.
Mar. 2007 Concluded basic agreement upon transfer of facilities and intellectual property rights of HDD head business to TDK Corporation.
Apr. 2010 Alps Electric (North America), Inc. absorbed Alps Automotive, Inc. and Alps Electric (USA), Inc.
Aug. 2011 Established Alps Electric (India) Private Limited.
Aug. 2013 Established Alps de Mexico S. de R.L. de C.V. as an sales location.
Aug. 2015 Established Alps Electric Vietnam Co., Ltd.
Jun. 2016 Changed company structure to one operating under an audit and supervisory committee
Oct. 2016 Absorbed operations of Alps Green Devices, Co., Ltd.

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