Where does TDK do business internationally?
TDK has about 129,000 employees around the world.
TDK has factories, research institutes, and sales offices in over 30 countries and regions worldwide. We had over 100 subsidiaries overseas and the number of employees is around 129,000 people totally. Reflecting these increasingly globalized operations, the ratio of Group sales outside Japan has continued to rise, and now stands at 92.1% of total sales.
Is R&D carried out in Japan?
Research and development is carried out globally.
TDK uses a four-base system to carry out R&D worldwide–in Japan, Europe, Asia, and the U.S.–taking advantage of the business strengths of each region to meet the needs of that region.
Wireless antennas, magnetic heads, power supplies, and other products including smart grid-related products are developed in America.
The world’s most cutting-edge R&D is conducted here, drawing on market-leading expertise in mobile phone and natural energy technologies.
Secondary batteries are developed for mobile devices. Various components and materials are also created in collaboration with production bases in Japan.
Breakthrough materials are developed for next- generation applications, along with high-quality, high-efficiency mass production technologies using advanced manufacturing capabilities.
Why TDK has many sites around the world?
Because we have expanded in new technologies through M&A.
TDK × LambdaJapanPower supply manufacturer
TDK is building an overwhelming advantage in the power supply market by integrating the industrial power supply technologies and sales strengths of Lambda, creating power supply devices made with TDK's own materials and materials technologies.
TDK × ATLChinaLithium battery manufacturer
TDK acquired the lithium polymer battery manufacturer Amperex Technology Ltd. (ATL) to strengthen its materials technologies in the field of energy, where strong future growth is anticipated.
Currently, TDK is a leader in the field of lithium polymer batteries.
TDK × MPTThailandHDD suspension manufacturer
HDD suspension is a critical part in a magnetic head. Magnecomp Precision Technology Public Co., Ltd. (MPT) was made into a subsidiary, increasing TDK's technological strength in this area. Being able to manufacture suspensions in-house boosts TDK's competitiveness in the HDD magnetic head business.
TDK × EPCOSGermanyTop passive component manufacturer
TDK is strong in general-purpose products, selling them primarily in Asia, Japan, and North America. EPCOS AG is strong in custom-made products, selling them primarily in Europe, South America, and India. The acquisition of EPCOS increases the breadth and depth of TDK operations in various business areas, markets, and product categories.
TDK × MicronasSwitzerlandLeading supplier of Hall sensors
We will combine Micronas Semiconductor Holding AG’s automotive and industrial machinery sensor technologies and control technologies, with TDK’s magnetic sensor business, which has strengths in magnetism, to further accelerate growth strategies in the sensor business. The combination of each company’s mutual strengths will underpin development of innovative products, enabling TDK to lead the magnetic sensor industry.
TDK × HutchinsonUnited StatesManufacturer of HDD suspension and actuators for camera modules
The acquisition of HDD suspension manufacturer Hutchinson Technology Incorporated will strengthen both TDK’s HDD suspension business and the entire HDD head business, as well as strengthening the actuator business for camera modules, which is seeing growing demand. TDK’s share of the global HDD suspension market expanded to over 60% with this acquisition.
TDK × TronicsFranceMEMS sensor manufacturer
With the acquisition of Tronics Microsystems SA, which possesses advanced MEMS technologies, TDK entered the rapidly growing market for inertia sensors. It adds another important component in TDK’s strategy of expanding and enhancing its portfolio of cutting-edge sensor technologies.
TDK × ICsenseBelgiumLeading IC design company
TDK will make ASIC manufacturer ICsense NV into a wholly-owned subsidiary to further strengthen its sensor and actuator business. ASICs perform processes essential to sensor products by reading the values detected by sensors and conducting signal processing. They can be used not only in magnetic sensors but also in other sensor products, and even in non-sensor products.
TDK × InvenSenseUnited StatesGlobal inertia sensor company
With the acquisition of intertia sensor provider InvenSense, Inc., TDK will realize new sensor solutions in the IoT, automotive, and ICT fields. Through its series of acquisitions from Micronas to InvenSense, various new sensors were added to TDK’s existing sensor portfolio such as magnetic, temperature, and pressure sensors. As a result, TDK’s manufacturing business now covers all non-optical sensor markets.
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