Automotive technology provider Ricardo has opened a new office in central Tokyo.

Ricardo has been active in Japan since the 1960s and is expanding its presence to meet local needs for new technology and compressed development cycles.

Changes in outsourcing policies and increasing alliances between Japanese, North American and European automakers has helped Japanese order intake to grow dramatically in the current decade.

The new Tokyo facility is intended to facilitate further penetration of the Japanese market by improving the quality and responsiveness of service provided to customers. The company has already recruited a number of Japanese engineers to work alongside the existing team, who will share this facility with visiting engineers.