DENSO Acquires Majority of EASE Simulation
June 20, 2014—DENSO, a global automotive supplier, announced recently that it has acquired a majority of EASE Simulation Inc., a move it hopes will accelerate research and development of its vehicle diagnostic and telematics business in the U.S.
EASE Simulation develops and sells diagnostic equipment, including hardware and software, as well as emission gas analyzers and telematics. It primarily serves fleet operators, auto retailers, state emissions agencies and repair facilities.
EASE’s company founder, Stephen Golenski will remain as president. The ownership transition was complete June 4.
“Vehicles today are installed with many advanced electronic control systems, and it is necessary to diagnose those electronic systems in order to properly check and maintain the vehicles,” said Haruya Maruyama, senior executive director overseeing DENSO’s Sales Group. “EASE provides diagnostic service in North America, and with close collaboration we will work to expand vehicle diagnosis service within North America.”
The acquisition is part of DENSO’s plan to expand the scope of its Original Equipment Service (OES), aftermarket and non-automotive business as well as invest almost $1 billion and create more than 2,000 North American jobs between 2012–16.