DENSO Teams Up with Safe Driving Experts to Help Reduce Auto Crashes in Communities throughout North America

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Global automotive supplier DENSO and its more than 23,000 employees in North America will mark the company’s Global Safety Month in May with a pair of new driving safety partnerships. Non-profits Safe Kids Worldwide and B.R.A.K.E.S. will help identify and engage DENSO employees across the U.S. and Canada as local driving safety advocates. Both organizations will join NHRA driver Clay Millican for a mobile road show touring DENSO facilities throughout the year, starting with DENSO’s Battle Creek and Southfield, Michigan locations later this week.

The partnerships underscore DENSO’s work to both craft the latest vehicle safety technology and educate drivers about how to use it to reduce auto accidents. DENSO will donate a total of $225,000 to the two organizations as part of the partnerships.

“Crafting automotive technology that helps save lives is at the core of what we do, but we also need to make sure drivers have the knowledge to take advantage,” said Robert Townsend, director of External Affairs at DENSO’s North American Regional Headquarters in Southfield, Michigan. “Safety needs to start at the local level, and these partnerships will empower our employees to engage their communities in meaningful dialogue about driving risks and safe behaviors.”

Safe Kids has nearly 30 years of experience educating communities about child safety on the road. The organization will develop comprehensive road safety toolkits for DENSO employees, providing the resources to become local road safety advocates. B.R.A.K.E.S. (Be Responsible and Keep Everyone Safe) provides free hands-on driving education for teens and their parents. Both organizations will participate in the road show, showcasing their work and recruiting employees to deliver important safety messages in communities where DENSO employees live and work. DENSO will provide financial support for the B.R.A.K.E.S. Teen Pro-Active Driving School to host trainings in the communities where it operates. To date, B.R.A.K.E.S. has trained more than 25,000 new drivers across the country.

NHRA driver Clay Millican and his DENSO-sponsored Top Fuel dragster will also provide an interactive experience for employees at each road show stop. Clay, a passionate driving safety advocate, will engage with employees and showcase his dragster’s safety features, after which employees can take a seat in DENSO’s Future of Mobility virtual reality experience.

About DENSO in North America

DENSO is a leading global automotive supplier of advanced technology, systems and components in the areas of thermal, powertrain control, electronics and information and safety. With its North American headquarters located in Southfield, Michigan, DENSO employs more than 23,000 people at 30 consolidated companies and affiliates across the North American region. Of these, 28 are manufacturing facilities located in the United States, Canada and Mexico. In the United States alone, DENSO employs more than 15,000 people in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Iowa, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. DENSO’s North American consolidated sales totaled US$9.9 billion for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016. For more information, go to www.densocorp-na.com. Connect with DENSO on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DENSOinNorthAmerica

About Safe Kids Worldwide

Safe Kids Worldwide is a nonprofit organization working to protect kids on the road, at home and at play. Preventable injuries are the number one cause of death for children in the United States. Throughout the world, almost one million children die of an injury each year, and almost every one of these tragedies is preventable. Safe Kids works with an extensive network of more than 400 coalitions in the U.S. and with partners in more than 30 countries to reduce traffic injuries, drownings, falls, burns, poisonings and more. Since 1988, Safe Kids has helped reduce the U.S. childhood death rate from unintentional injury by 60 percent. Working together, we can do much more to protect kids. Join our effort at safekids.org.

About B.R.A.K.E.S.

In 2008, multi-time top fuel drag racing champion Doug Herbert suffered every parent’s worst nightmare – the loss of his two sons, Jon age 17 and James age 12, in a car crash. In response to this tragedy and the realization that car crashes are the number-one cause of death among teens in America, Herbert created the 501 (c)(3) non-profit B.R.A.K.E.S. (Be Responsible And Keep Everyone Safe) Teen Pro-Active Driving School. In the past eight years, more than 25,000 teens from 43 states and three countries have graduated from B.R.A.K.E.S.’ intensive half-day training course, which is free of charge and features hands-on skills exercises taught by professional instructors in a fleet of new vehicles donated by Kia Motors America. The course maintains a low three-to-one student-to-instructor ratio and requires at least one parent to attend with each teen. According to a recent study, B.R.A.K.E.S. graduates are 64 percent less likely to be in a crash in their first three years of driving. For more information or to register for a school, visit www.putonthebrakes.org.

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DENSO to Expand its Fukushima, Japan location as Part of Efforts to Enhance the DENSO Group Production System

KARIYA (Japan) ― DENSO Corporation today announced that it will build an additional plant at its DENSO Fukushima location in Tamura city, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, to diversity its manufacturing lineup to include powertrain components, which will enhance the competitiveness of the group’s production system Japan. The company will invest about US$135 million (approx. 15 billion yen) by 2023 to build the new plant and expand production. The project will start in August 2017 and will be completed in July 2018. Production will begin in October 2018 in stages. The number of employees required will increase to around 600 by 2023.

DENSO Fukushima currently manufactures automotive thermal systems, including air conditioning systems and engine cooling modules (ECMs). The new plant will manufacture fuel pumps and injectors for gasoline engine fuel systems. Furthermore, this expansion aims to serve as a DENSO Group production base in eastern Japan, and will improve its capability to meet customer needs and contribute to the development of the local community.

Profile of DENSO Fukushima Corporation

1. Name : DENSO Fukushima Corporation
2. Establishment : April 2008
3. Location : Western Tamura Industrial Park, 26 Koyodai, Funehiki-machi, Tamura, Fukushima Prefecture
4. Capital : Approx. US$14 million (1.6 billion yen)
5. Ownership : 100% owned by DENSO Corporation
6. President : Masatoshi Iwase
7. Employees : 306 (as of April 2017)
About 600 (projected for FY2023)
8. Business description : Manufacturing automotive air conditioning systems, engine cooling modules, etc.
9. Site area : About 237,000 m2
10. Total floor area : About 32,100 m2 (before expansion)
About 56,100 m2 (after expansion)

* Exchange rate used is 111.3 yen to the US one dollar, at the end of April for convenience only.

DENSO Arkansas Receives Four Million Man Hour Safety Award

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – DENSO’s manufacturing facility in Osceola, Arkansas received a prestigious Four Million Man Hour Safety Award recognizing more than four million employee hours worked without a lost day due to workplace injury or illness. The Arkansas Department of Labor, the Arkansas Insurance Department, and the Arkansas Workers Compensation Commission presented the award during a ceremony at the Osceola facility on April 27, 2017.

DENSO Arkansas’ employee and management safety committee implemented a comprehensive safety program to establish consistent benchmarks for safe working conditions. The award recognizes the facility’s 550 employees for demonstrating the highest levels of workplace safety practices, including more than four million hours of work without an accident, injury, or illness between June 15, 2013 and January 31, 2017.

“Safety is at the core of everything we do at DENSO, and that includes making sure we adhere to the highest safety standards in our own workspace,” said George Hargues, President, DENSO Arkansas. “This is yet another testament to DENSO’s commitment to investing in our employee’s safety every single day.”

The Arkansas Department of Labor, the Arkansas Insurance Department, and the Arkansas Workers’ Compensation Commission present this award to Arkansas companies excelling in on-the-job safety.

About DENSO in North America

DENSO is a leading global automotive supplier of advanced technology, systems and components in the areas of thermal, powertrain control, electronics and information and safety. With its North American headquarters located in Southfield, Michigan, DENSO employs more than 23,000 people at 30 consolidated companies and affiliates across the North American region. Of these, 28 are manufacturing facilities located in the United States, Canada and Mexico. In the United States alone, DENSO employs more than 15,000 people in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Iowa, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. DENSO’s North American consolidated sales totaled US$9.9 billion for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016. For more information, go to www.densocorp-na.com. Connect with DENSO on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DENSOinNorthAmerica

DENSO Worldwide

DENSO Corp., headquartered in Kariya, Aichi prefecture, Japan has more than 200 subsidiaries and affiliates in 38 countries and regions (including Japan) and employs more than 150,000 people worldwide. Consolidated global sales for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016, totaled US$40.2 billion. Last fiscal year, DENSO spent 8.8 percent of its global consolidated sales on research and development. DENSO common stock is traded on the Tokyo and Nagoya stock exchanges. For more information, go to www.denso.com, or visit our media website at www.denso.com/global/en/news/media-center/

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