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April 17, 2015

Total global production volume of electric power steering tops 100 million units

On April 1st, 2015, the total number of electric power steering (EPS) units manufactured by JTEKT in countries throughout the world surpassed 100 million*1.
 Since its invention in 1988, EPS has been chosen extensively by automakers across the globe. With its contributions to the creation of safe, comfortable and environmentally friendly automobiles, EPS has become a common technology that is indispensable to today’s drivers.

 

1. Pioneer of EPS, No.1 world record
  At the time when EPS was first created, the predominant type of power
 steering was the hydraulic system, which uses the engine as the main power
  source. Using the demand for power steering on light automobiles as an in
 1988 JTEKT succeeded in developing and mass producing the world’s first
 opportunity, EPS system, which was installed in the Suzuki Cervo. Since then,
 JTEKT has continued as the leader of EPS, currently holding over 30%*2 of the
 global EPS share as the No.1 producer of EPS systems within the market.
  EPS systems made by JTEKT are employed by over 15 different automakers in
 countries throughout the world. To meet the demands of each company, JTEKT
 has established 14 EPS manufacturing bases in 10 countries, and as of
 April 2015 has achieved over 100 million units in total global production
 volume, thanks to our many customers.


 2. EPS environmental performance contributes to over 800 thousand
   ton reduction in C02
  Compared with hydraulic power steering, EPS systems contribute to lower fuel
 consumption as they place no load on the engine. From its first development up
 until the 90’s, EPS was adopted mainly in light automobiles; however, with the
 rise of environmental orientation within the 2000 era, EPS utilization expanded
 to include large-size automobiles which had until then relied on hydraulic
 systems. Nowadays, EPS systems have become essential for hybrid cars and
 electric and fuel cell vehicles, which do not depend on the engine as the source
 of power.
  Based on their effect of low fuel consumption, the 100 million EPS systems
 produced by JTEKT are estimated to have contributed to lowering Co2 emissions
 by a total of 800 thousand tons*3 up until the present.


 3. An Only One manufacturer with full variation
  JTEKT is the only steering manufacturer in the world to develop and
 manufacture a wide variety of product series, including EPS for both small
 and large-size vehicles.
  Large-size and luxury automobiles, which conventionally employed hydraulic
 power steering systems, are also expected to transition to EPS as the demand
 for higher environmental performance continues. To respond to these changes
 in market needs, JTEKT is working to develop EPS systems for large-size
 vehicles with higher output and better mounting ability, which are proposed
 to customers throughout the world.


 4. Support for high-level driving and response to needs of emerging
   markets
  JTEKT will continue to improve the quality of conventional products, and
 promote development of new products while continuing to raise performance
 and quality of manufacturing bases throughout the world. This will allow our
 company to meet more sophisticated demands such as high-level driving
 support,while continuing to respond to the expansion of the market, especially
 in emerging countries. The JTEKT group steering business, which has remained
 the No.1 & Only One existence since the beginning of its development, will
 continue aiming to make the next leap forward.



 *1: According to JTEKT research (excluding electric pump type hydraulic power
   steering) (H-EPS))
 *2: 2014 annual result. (According to JTEKT research)
 *3: Estimated value based on to total production volume of EPS systems
   (according to JTEKT research)





 [Reference 1] History of JTEKT electric power steering systems (Outline)

 1988 Start of world’s first development and mass production of C-EPS
 1998 Start of mass production of P-EPS
 1999 Production in Europe begins
 2001 Production in North America begins
 2003 Start of mass production of RD-EPS
 2007 Production in China begins
 2008 Production in ASEAN (Thailand) begins
 2010 Production in India begins
 2011 Start of production of DP-EPS
 2014 Production in South America begins
 2015 Production in Central America (Mexico) begins (scheduled)
 2016 Start of mass production of RP-EPS (scheduled)



 [Reference 2] EPS produced by JTEKT and suitable vehicle types

EPS produced by JTEKT and suitable vehicle types

C-EPS: Column assist type
P-EPS: Pinion assist type
DP-EPS: Dual pinion assist type
RP-EPS: Rack parallel assist type
RD-EPS: Rack drive assist type