Tenneco has announced the expansion of its technical centre in Japan. Located in Yokohama, the facility provides engineering and product development services including a full range of product testing capabilities. The technical centre supports Tenneco's full line of clean air and ride performance products for applications including light vehicles, commercial trucks and off-highway equipment.

"I am pleased to officially open our expanded research and development centre to serve our Japan-based customers with state-of-the-art engineering capabilities," said Patrick Guo, Tenneco Senior vice president and General manager, Asia Pacific. "Our engineering know-how, global regulatory expertise and capabilities in systems integration are driving Tenneco's success in serving our customers with innovative, cost-effective solutions."

Technical centre capabilities
The Tenneco Japan Technical centre features two engine dynamometers used in the testing of emissions control systems for both diesel and gasoline engines. Additional emission control testing capabilities include an anechoic chamber for acoustic testing, cold flow bench for back pressure verification, thermal durability testing, hot vibration testing, system design and analysis, modeling, acoustic analysis and performance validation using advanced CAE tools.

Tenneco's technical centre also offers testing capabilities for vehicle suspension products including predictive analysis, performance evaluation and acoustic testing. To support development of complete ride performance systems, Tenneco Japan engineers also use two specially-designed mobile ride tuning vans to create custom solutions for customers. Working from these mobile laboratories on-site at a customer's location, Tenneco engineers can create suspension systems optimised for a specific brand's ride, handling and comfort characteristics.

The 6,800-square metre facility currently has 18 employees including engineering and testing personnel.

"This expansion demonstrates our commitment to our Japan-based customers and further strengthens our global engineering footprint," said Yasuharu Shimonishi, General manager, Japan and global Japan OEM business for Tenneco. "We continue to enhance our capabilities in Japan with a focus on providing our automotive and commercial truck and off-highway customers with leading technologies and outstanding engineering support globally."

In addition to the expanded technical centre and administrative offices in Yokohama, Tenneco's presence in Japan includes a manufacturing facility in Osaka and offices in Nagoya. Tenneco has operated in Japan since 1973, and today, the company supplies clean air and ride performance products globally to eight Japan-based light vehicle and off-highway equipment manufacturers.