Your Partner for Success
Zuken works globally with leading companies to optimize their electrical and electronic engineering design and related manufacturing processes through the provision of leading edge software and consulting services. Our unique combination of proven experience, technological expertise and agility creates best in class solutions. Our transparent working practices and belief in integrity in all aspects of business produces long lasting and successful customer partnerships.
More quality, more functionality, in less time, with less cost; it’s a common story in today’s market place. The increased competition and requirement to operate on a global scale, makes these end-user demands ever more challenging to meet. So companies need to be innovative and dynamic to stay one step ahead of the game – and this is where Zuken can help.
Zuken’s robust market position is reinforced by an established position in the industry with more than 40 years’ experience, and solid financial foundations. As a stable multinational company, listed on Tier 1 of the Tokyo Stock Exchange, Zuken is able to remain focused on being a long-term innovation and growth partner.
The security of an investment by partnering with Zuken is further reinforced by the company’s people – the foundation of Zuken’s success. Coming from a wide range of industry sectors, specializing in many different disciplines and advanced technologies, Zuken’s people are able to relate to and understand each company’s unique requirements.
Zu-ken is an acronym for:
Zukei – Shori – Gijutsu – Kenkyujo
Design – Process – Technology – Research Center
Message from the CEO
An Innovative Partner with a Healthy, Vigorous, and Dignified Corporate Culture
In 2016, Zuken is celebrating its 40th Anniversary.
Since our establishment, Zuken has grown together with manufacturing companies around the world to become one of the few corporations in the field of
design and engineering software with such a long history.
At Zuken, we highly value an earnest approach to challenges, continual proactive integration of the latest technologies, and a sense of responsibility toward supporting our customers’ product development.
As the market environment grows increasingly global and borderless, manufacturing companies are facing challenges far more complex and difficult than ever before. Zuken will commit itself to resolutely take on these challenges and create innovative solutions so that we may continue to be the most trusted partner for our customers.
To be a partner who contributes to customer success
- Problem-solving ability
- A solid and sound financial foundation
- High-quality software with global presence
- Global R&D network to acquire cutting-edge technologies
Zuken provides software and services in the form of cutting-edge and optimal solution packages. These strengths, accumulated since the Companyʼs founding,are based on experience acquired through interaction with leading manufacturing companies around the world. Zuken helps implement product development processes that work in global markets.
Unfailing support system
At Zuken, we not only seek to improve software functionality but also earnestly tackle the challenge of how to achieve outstanding results for our customers as quickly as possible. Zukenʼs experienced support staff provide unmatched startup assistance as well as various other services that free designers from the need to deal with ancillary tasks.
Utilizing a network that extends to countries across the globe, Zuken proactively creates spaces for the exchange of information between customers. The Zuken Innovation World conferences are held in key countries including Japan, the United States, and Germany. The events provide information on advanced initiatives and cutting-edge technology from various nations, and are highly valued by our customers.
Compatible with leading-edge technology
Electronics technologies are evolving each and every day. However, it is not easy to replace a development environment once it has been introduced. In order to meet the latest design needs in a timely manner, Zuken employs an open and scalable architecture in its software products. In addition to routinely enhancing software functionality, Zuken also engages in product development that emphasizes the ability to adapt flexibly to customer design environments.
Zukei Shori Gijutsu Kenkyusho Inc. was established inIsogo-ku, Yokohama.
Japan's first full-scale CAD/CAM system Create 2000, for the design of printed circuit boards, was developed
Zuken America Inc. (now Zuken USA Inc.) was established in California in the U.S.
CR-3000 (PWS), a printed circuit board CAE/CAD/CAM network workstation was developed.
Registered in the Second Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange as the first EDA corporation.
Zuken Europe GmbH (now Zuken E3 GmbH) established in Germany.
Zuken Singapore Pte. Ltd. established in Singapore.
Opening of Beijing office in China.
EDA vertical integration solution CR-5000 was developed.
Zuken acquired all the shares of Racal-Redac Ltd. of the United Kingdom.
Moved up to the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
Started providing a wire harness design environment for the automotive industry.
Zuken (Shanghai) Technical Center Co., Ltd. was established in China.
Announcement of ePLM DS-2, a PLM solution specially designed for electrical and electronics industries.
Zuken Taiwan Inc. established in Taiwan.
Zuken acquired Germany's CIM-Team (Now Zuken GmbH).
Zuken acquired a 14% share in Lattice Technology Co., Ltd., becoming the second biggest shareholder.
Worldwide release of CR-8000, a new generation electronic device design platform, and the start of the sales of the new product Design Force completed Zuken's system-level electronics design environment.
Zuken SOZO Center established in Silicon Valley, California, USA.
Global Automotive and Transportation Competence Center was established in Erlangen, Germany.
DiverSync Corporation established.
Zuken India Pte. Ltd. established in India.
Zuken took over YDC Corporation's CADVANCE business (CAD and PLM operations)
A solid financial foundation
For the manufacturing industry, product development is an important, fundamental operation that determines future growth. Zuken provides solutions that can be used in product development. For us to support our customersʼstrategic product development and give them long-term confidence in our solutions, we must have solid financial foundations ourselves.
Also, in the world of information technology, where technological innovation is intense, we must invest flexibly in order to continue providing leading-edge technology in a timely manner. For this reason, since our founding, we have established and maintained a sound financial foundation as one of the most important management strategies.
- Operating income ratio: 3.5%
- Shareholders’ equity ratio: 71.7%
- Current ratio: 358.3%
Zuken provides infrastructures for design and production to help customers increase their global competitiveness.
Ceaseless technological innovation continues in the electronics and automobile industries, which have become the driving forces of the Japanese economy. As international competition intensifies in these industries, the ability to quickly introduce high-performance new products is becoming the key to survival.
Significantly reducing time to market for new products requires comprehensive optimization of the entire process from design to production. This requires deploying the latest technology to build a completely new and optimal infrastructure, rather than simply modifying existing resources.
The conventional method of system integration – selecting, integrating and customizing existing design systems and tools – has limitations because each customer has a unique environment and faces a different set of challenges. Consequently, the development of new design and information systems that correspond to the customer’s objectives is essential.
With experience and know-how acquired over more than a quarter century and proprietary software development capabilities, Zuken is ideally positioned to create new infrastructures for each customer. The needs of Zuken’s customers are also growing more sophisticated, and Zuken has the core competencies to meet them. Zuken is deploying its accumulated experience and expertise in structuring its operations to quickly deliver the solutions customers require.
Quality assurance for our solutions is a central part of the Zuken culture.
We have formed a global Quality Control Task Force whereby Japanese, German, and British software engineers work together during the development and test phases for each solution. The Task Force defines and applies strict company-wide quality standards in all development centers.
Every solution (tool suite) developed at Zuken is tested during the development phase and has to pass through two rigorous quality control cycles upon completion:
Quality Control 1
- Thorough testing of all new functionality and the core of the tools
Quality Control 2
- The tools are tested for their ability to integrate within the complete design environment
- The full design cycle is tested on actual customer data
- Beta sites use the software and report any faults
During all phases, the progress of testing and fixing is constantly monitored using web-based management technology.
We constantly review our testing procedures to ensure adequate coverage and we refine our quality measurement procedures on an ongoing basis during all quality control cycles. This ensures that any software that Zuken delivers has quality built in.
Automotive SPICE® (Software Process Improvement and Capability dEtermination) is an industry-specific standard derived from the ISO 15504 International Standard (IS) for software process assessments.
This method is increasingly used by companies to objectively evaluate a supplier’s processes and identify process improvements required at the project and organizational level.
Zuken is certified at Level 2 status for CR-5000 Board Designer, gained through an assessment by accredited auditors at Continental Automotive GmbH – one of the leading Tier 1 automotive suppliers worldwide. This demonstrates that Zuken’s projects and processes are systematically planned and tracked. It gives partner companies assurance that processes are in place to achieve common standards and working practices and confidence that they will be able to maintain their supply chain.