Electronics technology trading company Kanematsu Futuretech Solutions Corporation and Model-based development tool vendor ETAS sign reseller agreement

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May 8, 2019

Kanematsu Futuretech Solutions Corporation
ETAS K.K.

Electronics technology trading company Kanematsu Futuretech Solutions Corporation (HQ: Chuo-ku, Tokyo; President: Eiichi Tamura; hereinafter "Kanematsu Futuretech Solutions"), and ETAS K.K. (HQ: Nishi-ku, Yokohama-shi; President: Takayuki Yokoyama; hereinafter "ETAS"), which provides solutions for all ECU software development processes, have announced that they have signed a reseller agreement. The goal of this agreement is to respond to diverse customer needs accurately and quickly by strengthening sales channels and support systems.

■Market Background

The automobile industry is currently at a historic turning point. The massive trends of connectivity, automated driving, sharing/services, and electrification are rushing in on it, and since technical evolution in these fields is so fast, there is an ever-increasing demand for quick responses to required new technologies. As cars become more sophisticated thanks to things like automated driving and connectivity, automobile development becomes ever more complex. Since various car-mounted functions are being converted to software, the volume of automotive software development is exploding, and because the development of new technology for use in AI in the fields of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and automated driving (AD) is also accelerating, the scale of automobile development is increasing as it rapidly becomes more complex. However, development sites are required to shorten development times and ensure better quality.

Furthermore, Japan awaits the major international events of the Olympics and World Expo, which will be held from 2020 through 2025. Since such international events are expected to play a role in showcasing next-generation mobility solutions equipped with things like automated driving and connected technology, the scale of automobile development is expected to grow even further. Software development technology and a strong development environment are what's most important under such circumstances. The ability to propose fast, total solutions able to respond to diverse customer needs is key.

■Background Behind the Signing of the Reseller Agreement

ETAS provides model-based development (MBD) solutions, mainly centered around the support of vehicle control development, to the assembly system control sector that support all ECU software development processes from software development and function assessment, to measurement and calibration. The automobile industry is encountering ever larger and more complex scales of development and is thus dealing with the issue of making software development work and overall automobile development more efficient. ETAS's support capabilities, represented by its MBD tool set, engineering services, and consulting, contribute to the resolution of these issues.

Takayuki Yokoyama, president of a Japanese corporation of ETAS, has made the following comments. "We are very delighted that we have been able to sign this reseller agreement with Kanematsu Futuretech Solutions. As the competition to develop automated driving vehicles heats up, the key will be to respond to diverse customer needs accurately and quickly. Cooperating with Kanematsu Futuretech Solutions, a highly-specialized technology trading company, has allowed us to further strengthen our sales channel and support system."

Kanematsu Futuretech Solutions leverages the Kanematsu group's worldwide network to provide customers with semiconductor products and module products from excellent domestic and overseas suppliers. By leveraging its knowhow and support technical capabilities cultivated through the sale of these semiconductor products and module products, and by cooperating and collaborating with a variety of partner companies, the company provides higher level development and design services and all types of one-stop solutions that meet customer needs.

Eiichi Tamura, president of Kanematsu Futuretech Solutions, is quoted as saying, "Our mission is to 'contribute to society by creating business.' As a highly-specialized technology trading company, we make proposals at the planning, design, and development stages. We will strive to meet diverse customer needs and resolve diverse customer issues by organically combining the MBD solutions provided by ETAS with engineering services, etc., and by quickly delivering these solutions and services to customers in the automobile industry as optimized solutions."

 

(On left to right in photo) Eiichi Tamura, President, Kanematsu Futuretech Solutions Corporation
Takayuki Yokohama, President, ETAS K.K.
Pierre Yamashina, President, Kanematsu GmbH/Europe
Christopher White, Vice President of Sales, ETAS GmbH

■Regarding Kanematsu Futuretech Solutions Corporation

Kanematsu Futuretech Solutions Corporation was separated as a company from Kanematsu Corporation through the spin off of units centered on the electronic component and semiconductor businesses, and started new business on April 1, 2018. The company's mission is to deliver optimal solutions to customers by organically combining the design and development of modules and systems, with semiconductor products and technology at their core, with various software, hardware, and services. Building on its slogan of "Providing Solutions, Building your Future," the company will continuously strive to incorporate new information and technology, and to respond to diverse customer needs as a more highly-specialized technology trading company so that we can respond accurately to technical innovations in IoT, AI, etc. and to innovations in the global market. For details, go to www.kft.kanematsu.co.jp.

■Regarding ETAS K.K.

ETAS provides innovative solutions for assembly system development in a variety of sectors, including the automobile industry. ETAS is a systems provider with a multi-faceted portfolio covering everything from integration tools to tools and solutions for engineering services, consulting, training, and support. Security solutions for the assembly systems sector are provided by ETAS's subsidiary ESCRYPT. ETAS GmbH was established in 1994 as a 100% subsidiary of the Bosch group, and pursues business in the European, North and South American, and Asian regions. ETAS K.K. was established in 1998 as a Japanese corporation of ETAS GmbH. For details, go to www.etas.com.

■ETAS's Solution

ETAS provides model-based development (MBD) solutions, mainly centered around the support of vehicle control development, to the assembly system control sector that support all ECU software development processes from software development and function assessment, to measurement and calibration. The automobile industry is encountering ever larger and more complex scales of development and is thus dealing with the issue of making software development work and overall automobile development more efficient. ETAS's support capabilities, represented by its MBD tool set, engineering services, and consulting, contribute to the resolution of these issues.

 

[For inquiries relating to this release and to posted photos and data]

Kanematsu Futuretech Solutions Corporation
Kenji Matsuo, Sales Department No.2, Division No.1, Section No.1
E-mail: Kenji_Matsuo@kft.kanematsu.co.jp Tel: 03-5542-5935

ETAS K.K.
Tomoko Sasaki, Marketing Communication
E-mail: tomoko.sasaki@etas.com Tel: 045-222-0954

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