Automotive simulation software specialist, rFpro, has expanded its operations into Japan with the establishment of a facility in Yokohama. The outpost will be home to a dedicated new engineering team, which will provide local, native-speaking technical support for customers and partners in Japan and the APAC region.
The Yokohama facility will form part of rFpro’s international sales, engineering and support team and will be supported by the company’s technical centre in the USA and headquarters in the UK.
“Simulation is revolutionising the automotive industry and the technology providers in Japan are at the forefront of this,” said Peter Daley, managing director at rFpro. “With simulation forming a critical part of vehicle testing and validation, we want to have a team on the ground ready to support our customers and technical partners in the region. Our Japanese base gives rFpro a truly global reach, with facilities now in Asia, North America and Europe.”
The move is driven by rFpro’s success in the region, as the company says it has experienced “significant growth” in Asia, with revenues in the region up by more than 100%over the last four years. This growth has largely been driven by the accelerated use of simulation in automotive applications, including ADAS and autonomous vehicle technologies. The Yokohama office will be headed up by Tatsuji Moriwaki, business development lead in Japan, who has more than 10 years’ experience in the automotive industry.