Clarion Co., Ltd. - Faurecia Clarion Electronics
-A major car-audio and car-navigation systems manufacturer under the umbrella of Faurecia.
-Major business segments:
- Safety and information systems
- Automotive cloud-information network services
- Drive-management systems for commercial/business vehicles
- Car navigation, car audio
-Became a wholly owned subsidiary of Faurecia in March 2019.
Official Launch of Its Fourth Business Group “Faurecia Clarion Electronics”
-Faurecia announced the official launch of its fourth Business Group “Faurecia Clarion Electronics”, based in Saitama, Japan. This activity has the ambition to become a global leader in cockpit electronics and low-speed ADAS. Faurecia announced on October 26, 2018 a project to acquire the Japanese company Clarion. On March 28, 2019 Clarion became a wholly-owned company of Faurecia. The new Business Group, Faurecia Clarion Electronics, combines Clarion with Faurecia’s previous acquisitions of Parrot Automotive and Coagent Electronics. With 9,000 people including 1,650 engineers, this new Business Group will generate over EUR 2 billion of sales by 2022. Significant synergies are confirmed through leveraging the combined product offer and the complementary customer, geographic and industrial footprints. (From a press release on April 1, 2019)
|-Listed on the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.||(As of Mar. 31, 2019)|
|Name or Company name||Investment Ratio (%)|
|Hennape Six SAS||100.0|
Immersive Sound Experience
-Full Digital Sound Systems
-Speaker-less system (for doors)
Advanced Driving Assistance Systems (ADAS)
-Parking assist camera system "SurroundEye"
-Automatic remote delivery system that removes goods from warehouses via remote control: "Long Range Summon"
Enhanced Comfort and Wellness
-Natural-sounding voice recognition: "Intelligent Voice"
Intuitive User Experience
-Next-generation AV center unit: "Quad View"
Behavioral-inference system (AI Agent)
OTA (Over The Air)
TCU (Telematics Communication Unit)
Door to Door Navigation
Automotive communications technology
Car camera systems
Smart Access For Enterprise
|Dec. 1940||Founded as Hakusan Wireless Electric Company in Hakusan, Tokyo, to manufacture battery-operated radios for household use.|
|Nov. 1943||Renamed as Teikoku Radio Wave Company, after merging with Takizawa Radio Equipments Ltd.|
|Oct. 1948||Became the first company in Japan to develop, manufacture, and sell car radios and loudspeakers for buses.|
|Aug. 1962||Listed on the Second Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.|
|Oct. 1963||The first company in Japan to develop car stereos.|
|Apr. 1995||Established a manufacturing company, Dongguan Clarion Orient Electronics Co., Ltd. in China.|
|Oct. 1996||Spun-off its Advertising Division and established Clarion Ad Planning Co. Ltd.|
|Oct. 1997||Established a manufacturing company, Clarion Hungary Electronics Kft. in Hungary.|
|Dec. 1997||Established a parts manufacturing company, Precision Metal S. A. de C. V. in Mexico.|
|Jan. 1998||Jointly developed the world's first in-vehicle computing system, "Clarion AutoPC" with Microsoft.|
|Mar. 1998||Jointly developed GPS receivers with Rockwell company, in USA.|
|Oct. 1998||Spun-off its Distribution division and established Clarion Logistics Co. Ltd.|
|Jan. 1999||Developed disc drives for in-vehicle computing system in technological cooperation with IBM.|
|Aug. 1999||Jointly developed ETC (Electronic Toll Collection System) with Hitachi, Ltd.|
|Oct. 1999||Became an OEM supplier for AutoPC for Citroen|
|Mar. 2000||Established Clarion sales Co., Ltd..|
|Apr. 2000||Established Clarion Device Co., Ltd.. Obtained ISO-14001 certification.|
|Sep. 2000||Jointly announced with Aisin AW, Xanavi Informatics, Denso, Mitsui & Co., Ltd., and Microsoft Product Development Ltd. that they would standardize components for "Microsoft Windows CE for Automotive" that will be the basis for in-vehicle communication systems. The company also announced they would establish "Windows CE for Automotive Forum," with the goal of achieving component compatibility among the manufactures.|
|Dec. 2001||Established a joint venture for in-vehicle information equipment between Hitachi, Clarion and Xanavi Informatics.|
|May 2001||Relocated headquarters to Hakusan Branch (5-35-2, Hakusan, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo).|
|Jul. 2001||Introduced executive officer system.
Sanwa Clarion and Nihonmatsu Clarion merged into Clarion Tohoku manufacturing Co., Ltd.
|Dec. 2001||Consolidated 4 manufacturing companies in Mexico into one company.|
|Mar. 2002||Started sales of North American Sirius satellite broadcast radio receivers.|
|Sep. 2002||Moved the head office to Toda-city in Saitama prefecture.|
|Oct. 2002||The Production dept. from Clarion Co. Ltd. and Clarion Logistics Co. Ltd. were consolidated into Clarion Tohoku Seizo Co., Ltd., which then adopted the name Clarion M&L Co., Ltd.|
|Dec. 2002||Released the first AutoPC called the CADIAS in the Japanese market.|
|Feb. 2003||Started supplying the world's first rear overhead-camera systems to Nissan.|
|Jun. 2003||Released a HDD AV navigation system.|
|Aug. 2003||Supplied CD car audio systems to Shanghai-GM of China.|
|Feb. 2004||Developed the world's first in-vehicle terminals using Linux and Java (TM). (The J2ME CDC for commercial vehicles.)|
|Jun. 2004||Released an AV navigation system with a seven-inch wide screen.|
|Jan. 2005||In North America, released an AV unit that offers a "virtual" iPod screen display, making it possible to control iPods.|
|Mar. 2005||The Company developed AV navigation systems for all Porsches sold by Porsche Japan.|
|May. 2005||The Company developed the industry's first iPod compatible integrated AV HDD navigation system for the domestic market.|
|Jun. 2006||The Company developed car navigation systems for the aftermarket in China and North America.|
|Dec. 2006||Hitachi, Ltd. became the Company's parent corporation.|
|Jan. 2007||The Company acquired 100 percent of the capital in Xanavi Informatics Corporation, making it its wholly owned subsidiary.
The Company supplied its car audio systems to Toyota brand vehicles assembled by Daihatsu on an outsourcing basis.
|Aug. 2007||The Company relocated its headquarters to Saitama Shintoshin, naming the new facility its Corporate Headquarters & Technology Center.|
|Dec. 2007||NASA selected to use the Company's AV center unit, which comes with a DVD system that includes a 7-inch wide monitor and a 6-disk DVD changer.|
|Nov. 2008||Released the Clarion MiND mobile communication device in North America.|
|Apr. 2009||Took over Xanavi Infomatics, which was its wholly owned subsidiary, and absorbed the operations into it own.|
|Apr. 2010||Merged Clarion Manufacturing Protech Co., Ltd. and Clarion Service Co., Ltd. and renamed the combined company Clarion Manufacturing and Service Co., Ltd.|
|Oct. 2010||Company's headquarters were located to Saitama Shintoshin City and were renamed the Headquarters & Technology Center.|
|Mar. 2011||Developed the world's first full-digital speaker designed for vehicles.|
|Mar. 2011||The Hakusan Branch and Zama Office were consolidated and relocated at Saitama Shintoshin city, becoming the new Headquarters Offices.|
|Jun. 2012||Created Smart Access, a cloud-based information network service designed for automotive use, launching the service in Japan and North America.
Launched sales of a car navigation system designed to work with Smart Access, a cloud-based information network service.
|Dec. 2012||Launched a series of new, fully digital speaker systems.
Developed an onboard, fully digital AV navigation/speaker system; and portable fully digital speaker.
|Jun. 2013||Developed a speaker to be fully built into cabin-interior ceilings.|
|Oct. 2013||Developed car navigation system that can be operated with cloud-based speech-recognition query function.|
|Apr. 2014||Developed two 2.4GHz digital, wireless camera systems for commercial vehicles.|
|Jun. 2014||Developed navigation systems compatible with Intelligent VOICE, a voice recognition system compatible with natural, conversational speech.
Developed Surround Eye, a safety-assist system for trucks and buses.
|Apr. 2015||Launched sales of SOLID-AD1, an onboard Android unit for commercial/business-use vehicles.|
|Apr. 2016||Released "Full Digital Sound" on-board sound system in Japan, the U.S., Europe, and Australia.|
|May. 2016||Established Wuhan Clarion Kotei Software Technology Co., a joint-venture company with Wuhan KOTEI Informatics Co., Ltd., a software-development company based in China.|
|Oct. 2017||Supplied ECUs for automatic parking systems to Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.|
|Mar. 2019||Became a wholly owned subsidiary of Faurecia.|
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