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Columbus, Ohio – Micware Co. Ltd., a Japanese automotive software development company specializing in navigation systems, has announced plans to relocate its North American headquarters to Dublin, Ohio, creating 15 new jobs. Hiring for engineering, technical and administrative positions will begin immediately.
Micware Co. Ltd. will move its North American headquarters from Torrance, California, to 6543 Commerce Parkway in Dublin. The new North American headquarters and technical center will allow the company to focus on the development and design of software for automotive infotainment systems.
“Having a presence in the Columbus Region will allow us to be closer to the U.S. automotive industry and a world class connected and autonomous vehicle ecosystem,” said Kenji Narushima, president and representative director at Micware Co. Ltd. “We are aiming to change the way that navigation services are performed in the market. Evolving our navigation systems to include technology like AI is the future, and we are looking forward to supporting that work in the Columbus Region.”
The Columbus Region is at the forefront of automotive technology and smart mobility. Region manufacturers produce 700,000 cars a year, while the regional economic output for the automotive industry exceeds $2.5 billion annually. Additionally, Dublin is home to more than 20 corporate headquarters, more than 4,300 businesses and an entrepreneurial center.
“Having innovative companies like Micware in the City of Dublin not only confirms the importance of our city’s investments in smart technologies, but also our position as an attractive place to locate a cutting-edge technology company,” said Dana McDaniel, city manager at the City of Dublin.
The Columbus Region is inextricably connected to the global economy, and Japan is the Region’s No. 1 source for foreign investment. In fact, 133 Japanese companies have operations in the Region, including Honda of America Mfg., Inc., TS Tech Co., Ltd. and Stanley Electric U.S. Co., Inc.
“The Columbus Region continues to lead the way as a place for Japanese companies to locate and thrive in the U.S. market, and we are excited to welcome a company like Micware that’s transforming the traditional auto industry,” said Kenny McDonald, president and CEO at Columbus 2020.
About Micware Co. Ltd.
Established in 2003 and headquartered in Kobe, Japan, Micware applies technology and expertise to develop automotive infotainment systems and software for navigation systems. Micware provides optimal solutions to its customers through three business brands; naviAZ, BeatriP, and micAuto. Micware maintains 8 locations in Japan with global operations in the U.S. and Thailand. Learn more at www.micware.co.jp.
About City of Dublin, Ohio
Dublin is a city of nearly 50,000 residents located just northwest of Columbus, Ohio. It offers residents and corporate citizens responsive services, attractive housing, superior public education, direct regional highway access, abundant park space, thoughtful and strategic planning, innovative ideas and technology and a dynamic community life. Dublin is consistently ranked one of the safest cities in the nation and in 2015 was named one of America’s Top 20 Creative Class Cities. It is home to more than 20 corporate headquarters, an entrepreneurial center, 4,300+ businesses, world-class events and the urban, walkable Bridge Street District. For more information, visit DublinOhioUSA.gov or call 614-410-4400.
About Columbus 2020
As the economic development organization for the Columbus Region, Columbus 2020’s mission is to generate opportunity and build capacity for economic growth across 11 Central Ohio counties. In 2010, hundreds of business and community leaders developed the Columbus 2020 Regional Growth Strategy, and the Columbus Region is now experiencing the strongest decade of growth in its history. Consistently named among the best economic development organizations in the country, Columbus 2020 expertly guides companies through the location decision process. Through strategic business outreach and customized research, the Columbus 2020 team leverages public, private and institutional partnerships to grow the Columbus Region’s economy and strengthen its national and international competitiveness. Funding is received from more than 300 private organizations, local governments, academic institutions and JobsOhio. Learn more at ColumbusRegion.com.
Columbus 2020 Media Contact
Micware Co. Ltd. Media Contact
Takashi “Ted” Harishima