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Corporate Headquarters

Paris, Illinois

North American Lighting’s manufacturing processes are based on kaizen and the Koito Production System (KPS). Together they ensure costs are closely controlled, inventories are held to a minimum, engineering changes are implemented quickly and deliveries are on time. At NAL, continual improvement is our daily focus. That’s why NAL is the number one automotive lighting supplier in North America.

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Technology Research Center

Farmington Hills, Michigan

At the Tech Research Center, NAL’s designers work closely with customers’ stylists and product managers. Together, they translate design concepts into the dramatic, high-tech lighting systems that become the eyes of iconic auto brands. Our Tech Center is home to key cross-functional teams including sales and marketing, design engineering, program management, R&D and NAL’s state-of-the-art model shop.

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Advanced Forward Lighting Plant

Paris, Illinois

We call it the Advanced Forward Lighting Plant for a reason—it’s the most advanced automotive lighting plant in North America. Here, breakthrough manufacturing technologies, materials and processes are developed for the production of state-of-the-art LED (light-emitting diode) and ADB (adaptive driving beam) systems that allow drivers to safely see what’s ahead and around the next corner.

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Forward Lighting Plant

Flora, Illinois

This is where it all began in 1983, with 9 employees and a tail light order from Toyota. Today, the Forward Lighting Plant is a 500,000-square-foot facility employing 1,000 people, producing traditional halogen, xenon HID (high intensity discharge) and modern LED headlamps, fog lamps and combination lighting systems. From small beginnings come big ventures!

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Signal Lighting Plant

Salem, Illinois

Our Signal Lighting Plant produces turn signals, backup lamps, brake lamps, high-mount brake lamps and integrated multi-function rear combination lamps. Opened in 1987 in an 80,000-square-foot facility, the Signal Plant has grown steadily. Today nearly 1,000 people work in this modern, 450,000-square-foot facility that is a benchmark for best-in-class production quality.

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Signal & Forward Lighting Plant

Muscle Shoals, Alabama

In response to increasing auto production in the southern United States, we opened our Alabama operations in 2007 to great success. Following expansion projects in 2011 and 2013, the Signal & Forward Lighting Plant employs 1,400 people in a 640,000-square-foot facility. Today, we supply lighting systems to major automotive brands operating in the region.

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Indiana Tool Plant

Elberfeld, Indiana

Opened in 2011, the 34,000-square-foot Indiana Tool Plant is home to NAL’s in-house team of plastic injection mold makers. These skilled specialists produce state-of-the-art molds and tooling for the complex lamp housings, intricate multi-color lenses and thin, smooth-surface reflectors that are the foundation of every lighting system produced by our manufacturing plants.

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Illinois Equipment Plant

Flora, Illinois

Opened in 2015, the 45,000-square-foot Illinois Equipment Plant is home to NAL’s assembly machine specialists. These skilled technicians develop and maintain the complex array of equipment deployed throughout our manufacturing plants: quick-change work cells, adhesive application machines, computer-guided laser welders, robotic fastening stations, and other specialized equipment for our advanced manufacturing processes.

Our driving purpose is to dramatically improve roadway safety by developing innovative lighting technologies that:

  • Enhance driver vision and response time,
  • Increase pedestrian, cyclist and vehicle visibility,
  • Reduce on-coming and rear-approaching high beam glare,
  • Extend safe beam range farther ahead, around corners and onto the right shoulder,
  • Improve driver situational awareness with augmented reality (AR) driver alerts, and
  • Automate driving systems by integrating active sensors, processors, cameras, vehicle-to-vehicle, and vehicle-to-infrasturcture communication.

It’s a bold vision we’re driven to bring to light.

North American Lighting (NAL) is a member of the Japan-based Koito Group of companies, and has been manufacturing automotive lighting systems for vehicle manufacturers since 1983. Today, we are the largest independent lighting supplier to automotive OEMs in North America. With eight facilities in the United States, NAL provides advanced lighting technology, engineering design expertise, and state-of-the-art production capabilities to auto makers based in North America and beyond. This, combined with our global network of Koito Group companies, uniquely positions NAL to meet increasing global demand for safe, energy-efficient, eco-friendly, intelligent automotive lighting systems.

NAL designs, engineers and manufactures state-of-the-art automotive lighting systems for major automotive manufacturers in North America and around the world. As a tier one OEM supplier, NAL is recognized for delivering best-in-class quality, value and customer satisfaction. By tightly integrating our people, processes, technologies and business systems, NAL has become a trusted partner with the talent to transform fantastic lighting design concepts into manufacturable automotive jewels. Our stylists, optical engineers and program managers work closely with OEM launch teams from concept to product rollout, to create distinctive designs that define the signature gaze of many of today’s most popular brands.

The Kaizen Way

In Japanese, kaizen means change for the better, or simply improvement. Kaizen refers to improvements that are small or large, one-time or continuous, individual or organizational, and can apply to people, processes and products. Kaizen is the heart of the Koito Production System (KPS), and is a daily practice that involves people at all levels of the organization. At its best, kaizen teaches individuals—and especially teams—how to observe, measure, experiment, verify and document improvements in their work.

From Kaizen Comes Innovation

Innovations are not typically the result of the spontaneous invention of a totally new technology. Innovations arise gradually, from many small incremental improvements developed and implemented over time. As this process of collaboration, iteration and refinement becomes integral to an organization’s culture, cross-functional teams are free to reengineer long-established ideas, processes, materials or technologies. In this way small, incremental change can add up to big improvements that lead to breakthrough innovations.

This is kaizen. This is the North American Lighting way.

The days of throwing a design over the wall to engineering are gone. It takes cross-functional teams, collaboration and deep insight to solve today’s tough design and engineering challenges.

Today’s exterior automotive lighting is so refined and technically advanced it’s become a defining element of vehicle styling and branding. Through innovations in LED technology, we’re able to create lighting designs unique to each make and model. Now consumers can recognize auto brands—night or day—based on lighting alone. The team here at NAL’s Technology Research Center is instrumental in helping OEM customers create their brand’s signature lighting look—and that’s exciting.

Amit Mehta

Lead Technical Marketing Engineer

Five Thousand People Strong and Growing

Corporate Headquarters

Technology Research Center

Silicon Valley Laboratoy

Paris, IL

Farmington Hills, MI

San Jose, CA

Advanced Forward Lighting Plant

Forward Lighting Plant

Signal Lighting Plant

Paris, IL

Flora, IL

Salem, IL

Illinois Equipment Plant

Signal & Forward Lighting Plant

Indiana Tool Plant

Flora, IL

Muscle Shoals, AL

Elberfeld, IN

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NAL is hiring engineers, designers, manufacturers, and more at nine facilities in North America.