Valeo in Japan

Japan is a strategic location for the Research and Development department, Manufacturing, Business Development and Japanese car makers in Japan and worldwide.


Valeo Japan was established at the end of 1985. Home to world leading automotive manufacturers, Japan plays an important role in the development of the Group. It has a large number of efficient production sites, Research and Development excellence centers, and well-trained employees.

Today, Valeo has expanded with 3 different companies in Japan – Valeo Japan, Valeo Kapec Japan and Ichikoh industries.

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At Valeo, we strive to create a workplace based on ethics, transparency, empowerment, professionalism and teamwork.  Our employees and their well-being are at the heart of our business and we believe in creating respectful and inclusive workplaces based on these values.  We develop the technology for tomorrow’s automobile – what about your development?

Key figures at end 2023


employees in Japan


production sites in Japan


R&D centers

Our activities

All Valeo Business Groups are present in Japan and offer innovative solutions that contribute to reduce CO2 emissions, develop autonomous driving, and make smarter cars

Kohnan is an important production and Research & Development center for Valeo in its Thermal Systems Business Group.  Operating a hot and cold climatic wind tunnel, Valeo Japan designs innovative air-conditioning equipment. The Kohnan R&D team also develops original air quality products and has set up a test car equipped with the latest Thermal well-being Solutions.

Tsukuba is the heart of the development of the autonomous driving technologies for the Valeo Comfort & Driving Assistance System Business Group in Japan. Valeo’s automated driving car, created by Valeo team in Tsukuba, successfully completed a “Hands-Off Japan Tour” in October 2018. 

Powertrain System Business Group has a production and R&D site in Atsugi, where Valeo made the first Torque Converter in May 2006. Today, the Japanese team also works on electrification by developing a 48V EV demo car jointly with Gunma University.

Valeo plant in Kohnan Japan
A worker in Valeo Japan
a Valeo employee in a Japan plant
Demo car
image of Valeo Drive4u demo car
image of Valeo 48V electric vehicle
Valeo Japan Tsukuba techno center
Valeo Japan plant aerial view
Valeo Nagoya Technical Center in Japan