— Located in Echizen City, Fukui Prefecture, Japan, Technica Fukui is a state-of-the-art facility with an emphasis on wireless technology, research and product testing —

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Photo Caption: Audio-Technica opens Technica Fukui state-of-the-art facility for the advancement of wireless technologies, located in Echizen City, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan.

Stow, OH 12-07-2010 Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 45 years, recently opened the doors on a new facility, Technica Fukui. Located in Echizen City, Fukui Prefecture, Japan, Technica Fukui integrates the three pre-existing A-T Fukuoka branches into one location, consolidating and streamlining design efforts with increased collaboration among A-T’s global design teams. The new facility is equipped with a dedicated acoustic lab and an advanced-design anechoic chamber specially designed for audio testing. An emphasis has been placed on further advancing wireless technologies with research and product development.

Technica Fukui is designed to streamline Audio-Technica’s product development process with emphasis on innovation, accuracy and efficiency. Investments in cutting-edge wireless communication measurement tools will allow A-T to create wireless products for both professional and consumer markets that will use spectrum, an increasingly scarce global resource, more efficiently. With the new Fukui facility, A-T is able to develop, design and test a wider variety of wireless options, from wide to narrow band, analog to digital, and under a variety of communication protocols such as Bluetooth. An example of the Fukui facility’s on-site capability is its anechoic RF chamber, which can be used for EMC (electromagnetic compatibility) as well as EMI (electromagnetic interference) or RFI (radio frequency interference) testing. Having a central design location allows global product management teams a repository for ideas that will become the future of Audio-Technica wireless products.

Greg Pinto, Audio-Technica U.S. Vice President of Marketing, recently visited the facility. He notes, “Technica Fukui’s modern, three story glass and stone building is truly a work of art. Its open design, from work areas to conference rooms, underscores the company’s teamwork philosophy. Add to that an impressive, basketball court-sized wireless lab immune to outside RF energy and you can see how A-T will continue to create products that exceed expectations of wireless users.”

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About Audio-Technica
Audio-Technica Corporation in Japan was established in 1962, and it includes a worldwide group of companies that are devoted to the design, manufacture, marketing and distribution of problem-solving audio equipment. Initially known for state-of-the-art phonograph cartridges, A-T now creates high-performance microphones, headphones, wireless systems, mixers and electronic products for home and professional use. Audio-Technica U.S., Inc. markets and distributes Audio-Technica products throughout the Western Hemisphere. With other companies in Europe, Singapore and Hong Kong, Audio-Technica today is a global leader in its field, committed to providing superior performance and exceptional value for customers around the world.

Celebrating over 45 years of audio excellence worldwide, Audio-Technica is a leading innovator in transducer technology, renowned for the design and manufacture of microphones, wireless microphones, headphones, mixers, and electronics for the audio industry.

—For more information on the complete range of Audio-Technica products, contact Karen Emerson, Audio-Technica U.S., Inc., 1221 Commerce Drive, Stow, OH 44224. Tel: (330) 686-2600; Fax: (330) 688-3752; Web: