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January 11, 2007
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Blaupunkt and KENWOOD plan cooperation:
Partnership in portable navigation
Innovative features for globally usable devices
Development partnership for portable navigation
Blaupunkt, Hildesheim, a company belonging to the Bosch group, and the Japanese electronics corporation, KENWOOD Corporation, Tokyo, are currently planning to form a partnership in the field of Portable Navigation Devices (PNDs). After signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), the two companies are now launching their cooperation for portable navigation devices.

Blaupunkt and KENWOOD are leading suppliers in the field of car audio and car multimedia systems. By bundling these key competences, the two companies aim to supply navigation devices that are easy to operate and include innovative, attractive features for different regional markets.

Starting in 2008, the devices co-developed by the two companies will be offered by each of the two partners individually on the rapidly growing market segment of portable navigation. Blaupunkt and KENWOOD both plan to use this cooperation to continue to expand their competence as leading providers of portable navigation systems.
Blaupunkt, a company belonging to the Bosch Group, is an internationally leading manufac­turer of driver information systems, car radios, car speakers and vehicle antennas. Blau­punkt has its main headquarters in Hildesheim, Germany, and maintains other production sites in Portugal, Hungary, Tunisia and Malaysia. The company posted sales of more than Euro 1.4 billion in fiscal year 2006 and employs more than 9,000 people worldwide.
Company URL: https://www.bosch-presse.de
About KENWOOD Corporation
KENWOOD celebrated the 60th anniversary last December with 11 domestic and 22 overseas subsidiaries around the world and is aiming to become a global excellent company in the field of “Mobile & Home Multimedia Systems” with its core competencies in the car electronics, home electronics and communications technologies under the new corporate vision – “Reaching out to discover, inspire and enhance the enjoyment of life.”
Head office: Hachioji, Tokyo, Japan
Number of Employees: 4436
Company URL: https://www.Kenwood.com/
Left : Dr. Uwe Thomas, President of Blaupunkt GmbH, Hildesheim, Germany.
Right : Mr. Haruo Kawahara, President and CEO of KENWOOD Corporation, Tokyo, Japan
For inquiries regarding this article, please contact:
Public & Investor Relations Office, Corporate Relations Division, KENWOOD Corporation
E-mail: pr.qa@kenwood.co.jp TEL: +81 42 646 6724  FAX: +81 42 646 1440