The history of MAHLE Behr Japan KK might still be short, but the company is under MAHLE Behr GmbH & Co, KG which has more than a century of expertise in heating and cooling technologies. Under the Group’s business unit “Thermal Management”, the company provides solutions for engine cooling, air conditioning, battery thermal management for Japanese OE manufacturers.

Corporate Profile

Established: June 1998

Subscribed Capital: JPY10 million

Managing/Representative Director: Daniel Bentele

No. of Employees: 41 (FY2019)

Sales: JPY5.0 billion (FY2019)

Business Sector: Systems supplier to the automotive industry (Main products: engine cooling, air-conditioning, battery thermal management)

Locations in Japan

  • Head Office: 1-9-12 Kita-otsuka, Toshima-ku, Tokyo 170-0004
    • Tel: +81 50-3363-0001
  • Ebina Office: 22F Ebina Prime Tower, 2-9-50 Chuo, Ebina, Kanagawa 243-0432
    • Tel: +81 50-3363-7107


(in alphabetical order)

  • Hino Motors, Ltd.
  • Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
  • Honda R&D Co., Ltd.
  • Isuzu Motors Ltd.
  • Mazda Motor Corp.
  • Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corp.
  • Mitsubishi Motors Corp.
  • Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
  • Suzuki Motor Corp.
  • Toyota Motor Corp.
  • UD Trucks Corp.


  • 1998 Established as Behr Japan K.K. (Location: Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo), as 100% subsidiary of Behr GmbH (Location: Stuttgart, Germany).
  • 2000 Joint venture, Sanden-Behr Air-Conditioning Systems Co., Ltd. (Location: Taito-ku, Tokyo) established with Sanden Corp. (Location: Isezaki, Gunma). Business of HVAC development and sales operational until 2008.
  • 2001 Joint venture, Behr-Tokyo Engine Cooling Systems K.K (Location: Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo), with T-Rad Co., Ltd (Location: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo). Main business: Sales of engine cooling system and related parts.
  • 2002 Relocation of Japan head office within Shinagawa-ku, from Togoshi to Gotanda.
  • 2011 Relocation of Japan head office from Shinagawa-ku to Toshima-ku.
  • 2012 Relocation of Japan head office within Toshima-ku, from Ikebukuro to Otsuka.
  • 2013 Company name changed to MAHLE Behr Japan K.K.
  • 2015 Thermal business of Delphi Automotive PLC becomes part of MAHLE Group in summer. Establishment of Ebina Office in Ebina City, Kanagawa Prefecture.


With effect from February 1, 2021, MAHLE has taken over the air conditioning business in Japan, Thailand, and the USA from the former Keihin Corporation (now Hitachi Astemo, Ltd.). The antitrust authorities have given their approval. Four production sites (of which two are in Japan, one each in Thailand and USA) and one development center are now being integrated into the MAHLE Group. With this acquisition, MAHLE is strengthening its position in the field of air conditioning systems. This is one of the strategic future fields of the group.

as at February 2021