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September 12, 2019

JTEKT signed a partnership agreement
with Plug and Play to strengthen relationships with start-ups
and to accelerate R & D activities

Promote collaboration with start-ups and major companies globally,
in order to accelerate innovation in new areas

JTEKT Corporation and Plug and Play LLC, known as a global innovation platform to work on supporting and nurturing start-ups together with major global companies, announced that they announced that they have signed a partnership agreement aimed at technological innovation and new business creation in new areas.



In recent years, various social issues have arisen, such as; major changes related the automobile industry called CASE, sophistication of the manufacturing industry called smart factories, a decreasing labors population and environmental concern. To solve these issues, JTEKT promotes research and development and technological innovation not only in existing businesses but also in new fields.
 To put this into practice, JTEKT needs to create innovation and new business areas by accelerating development speeds not only by utilizing its own seeds but also by combining with superior technologies possessed of start-ups and other external parties.
 JTEKT signed up a partnership with Plug and Play LLC, which has already established global network with many start-ups. JTEKT plans to speed up its R&D processes with supporting start-ups and acquiring their technologies and knowledge.

About Plug and Play


Plug and Play LLC is headquartered in Silicon Valley, USA, has offices in more than 30 locations in 14 countries, and has a unique network of startups and entrepreneurs around the world.
 As a global innovation platform, it supports companies’ innovation around the world, as a global innovation platform, through the business promotion programs across a wide range of industries such as mobility, IoT, supply chain, logistics, and smart cities.

Company name Plug and Play, LLC
Founder and CEO Saeed Amidi
Established year January, 2006
Address Sunnyvale, California, USA
Business domain Accelerator and venture capital.
Connect startups and major companies that support them.
Building a venture ecosystem.
Website (Tokyo Office)

Prospect of Partner Ship


By signing a partnership with Plug and Play, JTEKT will build up relationships with start-ups. Through this partnership, JTEKT aims to create innovation connecting not only existing business field but also leading themes of new businesses.
 JTEKT will continue to strengthen existing businesses and create new businesses by strengthening internal and external research and development systems. We will continue and contribute to the creation of a prosperous society by developing the next No.1 & Only One products.

Signing Ceremony

Signing Ceremony