Denso, a large automotive supplier that has its North American headquarters in Southfield, today announced it has acquired Ease Simulation Inc., a company that specializes in automotive diagnostics technology.
The company will merge with Denso Products and Services Americas Inc., based in Long Beach, Calif., and continue to provide aftermarket products, services, and technology.
As the definition of mobility and transportation continues to change, Denso is expanding into software-based solutions in addition to its hardware expertise. The full acquisition of Ease will enable Denso to enhance the services offered within its Original Equipment Service aftermarket and non-automotive businesses.
“Ease excelled in its ability to access and extract enhanced level diagnostics data from vehicles, which is a critical component as we develop and provide more connected services to the aftermarket and OES industry,” says Richard Shiozaki, senior vice president of Denso Products and Services Americas. “The company is an important addition to the Denso family and fits into our long-term goal to create and inspire new value for the future of mobility.”
Ease was founded in 1993 in Scranton, Penn., and its products primarily focus on inspection, diagnostics, and emissions, including VehicleMRI, a precision tool for inspecting and analyzing automotive electronic systems and pinpointing hidden problems beyond typical check-engine-light issues with maximum accuracy.
The company also develops automotive diagnostic equipment, automotive inspection software, automotive emissions equipment, and automotive telematics systems. In 2014, Denso announced it acquired 72.1 percent of Ease to help accelerate R&D of its vehicle diagnostic and telematics business in North America.
Denso will move existing Ease employees to a business facility in Mayfield, Penn., known as the Northeast Environmental Technology Center.
Japan-based Denso is a $48.1 billion global mobility supplier that develops advanced technology and components for nearly every vehicle make and model on the road today, including Toyota, Honda, FCA, GM, Ford, Volvo, and Mercedes-Benz.
The company, with more than 170,000 employees, operates 220 facilities in 35 countries to produce thermal, powertrain, mobility, electrification, and electronic systems.