Founded in 1967, Alpine Electronics has grown over the years to become a dependable car audio and automotive navigation system manufacturer. It is a subsidiary of Alps Electric, the renowned Japanese electronic component manufacturer.
With its present headquarters at Shinagwa in Tokyo, Alpine Electronics has grown in its operations, a fact that made it necessary for the company to have regional headquarters in different parts of the world. While it’s engineering headquarters is in Iwaki in Japan, its manufacturing facilities are located in such other countries as Brazil, Mexico, China, Thailand and Hungary. The company now employs slightly over 10,000 people worldwide. Some of its notable officials include Seizo Ishiguro as chairman and Toru Usami who is the company’s president and CEO.
Alpine Electronics has over the years unveiled some of the most remarkable alpine audio In-car Entertainment systems. It produced the first automotive navigation system that was specifically made for Honda in 1981. The following year saw the company avail the world’s first in-car computerized equalizer. Other products it has made available through the years as the first company to do so include remote control auto security system, in-dash 3-CD Changer/Tuner and in-dash monitor amongst many other products and systems. Other alpine audio devices include the in-car iPod device that allows a user to iPod playback through buttons at the head unit’s front part.
In addition to alpine audio devices, Alpine Electronics has effectively made use of its over 30 years experience in developing in-car navigational systems. It introduced the DVD-based NVE-N872A navigation system in 2005. The system won in the J.D. Power Awards several times over a six year period. 2006 saw the company introduced the PND-K3, a portable navigation Bluetooth hands-free system.
The company has over the years won various European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA) awards for its outstanding products. Its SWX-1042D subwoofer system won the best subwoofer award in 2005 and 2006 with its Vehicle Hub Pro VPA-B222R being declared the best innovation in 2006 and 2007. Its other products that have won awards over the years include the CDA-9835R mobile head unit, 7909 CD Receiver and PXA-H800 sound processor amongst others.