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DENSO facilities across North America recognized by Toyota for Quality Performance

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SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Toyota presented three DENSO facilities with Excellent Quality Performance Awards at its 2017 Supplier Business Meeting, recognizing each facility among the company’s top-performing suppliers. Several more facilities across North America received Certificates of Achievement for exceeding expectations across several key performance metrics. 

Toyota bestows quality performance awards upon top suppliers who achieve high levels of performance in Zero Mileage Quality, Mass Production Delivery Performance, Service Delivery Performance, and Warranty Performance. Eligible suppliers must meet all relevant targets in each area throughout the calendar year to be considered.

“DENSO strives to provide the highest quality products that deliver consistent and reliable performance,” said Ben Luppino, vice president of Toyota Sales Group at DENSO International America, Inc. “This recognition is a nod to the tireless effort of our employees across the continent to uphold the DENSO brand promise.”

DENSO facilities receiving 2017 Toyota Excellent Quality Performance Awards include:

  • DENSO Manufacturing Arkansas in Osceola, Arkansas (SPARC)
  • DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee in Maryville, Tennessee (Body Electronics Division)
  • DENSO Air Systems Mexico in Ciudad Frontera, Coahuila, Mexico

The following received Certificates of Achievement for quality performance:

  • ASMO Manufacturing Michigan in Battle Creek, Michigan
  • ASMO Manufacturing North Carolina in Statesville, North Carolina
  • ASMO Manufacturing Texas in Ennis, Texas
  • DENSO Air Systems Michigan in Battle Creek, Michigan
  • DENSO Logistics Texas in Laredo, Texas
  • DENSO Logistics California in Vista, California (DENSO Logistics and GNC)
  • DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee in Athens, Tennessee (F/I Division)
  • DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee in Maryville, Tennessee (S/A Division and E/P Division)
  • DENSO Manufacturing Canada in Guelph, Ontario, Canada
  • DENSO Mexico in Silao, Guanajuato, and Guadalupe City and Apodaca, Nuevo Léon, Mexico

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 17,000 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$9.6 billion for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017. For more information, go to www.denso.com/us-ca/en. 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, 2017, totaled US$40.6 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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New DENSO RC8A Robot Controller

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LONG BEACH, Calif.DENSO Robotics has announced a new RC8A robot controller that adds DENSO Safety Motion — which allows creation of virtual fences around the robot — to the list of advanced-performance features and functions already available with the previous RC8 model.

“As people and robots work more and more closely together, especially with the trend toward collaborative robots, new safety solutions are required,” said Peter Cavallo, robotics sales manager, DENSO Products & Services Americas, Inc. “Our Safety Motion function ensures that working environments stay safe for humans without compromising productivity.”

Safety Motion uses two optical sensors, one at the top and one at the bottom of the cell, to detect an approaching operator and control the speed of the robot accordingly. The sensors create virtual safe zones that trigger an incremental reduction in the speed of the robot to safe levels depending on the distance of the operator. When the operator reaches the closest zone, the robot reduces its motor torque and slows down sufficiently to allow the operator to safely interact with it, or stops entirely. As soon as the operator leaves, the robot automatically starts running at normal speed again, minimizing stoppage time.

With a footprint of only 12.5 x 14 inches and a height of only 3.69 inches, the RC8A continues the previous model’s standing as the world’s smallest industrial robot controller in the 3-kW output class. The compact size saves valuable factory floor space and facilitates integration.

DENSO’s ORiN open-resource interface networking system allows the RC8A to communicate with over 100 different types of devices. The controller’s wide range of communications interfaces includes 100 Base-T Ethernet, mini/hand I/O, RS-232C and USB as standard, with CC-Link, DeviceNet, EtherCAT, EtherNet/IP, parallel discrete I/O, Profibus and Profinet as optional.

A Microsoft Windows-based graphical user interface reduces robot setup time. ISO and UL safety compliance allows global deployment.

Optional accessories include a teaching pendant with a large, 7.5-inch color touchscreen, a mini pendant with a 128 x 64 pixel LCD display, up to two additional axes and conveyor tracking. DENSO’s Wincaps III 3-D simulation software allows offline programming and remote monitoring of robot operation.

For more information about the RC8A robot controller, visit http://densorobotics.com/products/rc8a.

DENSO is the world’s largest manufacturer — and user — of small assembly robots, employing over 18,000 of its robots in its own facilities. Over 77,000 additional DENSO robots are used by other companies worldwide.

For more information, visit www.densorobotics.com.

DENSO Corporation, headquartered in Kariya, Aichi prefecture, Japan, is a leading global automotive supplier of advanced technology, systems and components in the areas of thermal, powertrain control, electronics, information and safety. Its customers include all the world’s major carmakers. Worldwide, the company has more than 200 subsidiaries and affiliates in 38 countries and regions, and employs more than 150,000 people. Consolidated global sales for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017, totaled US$40.4 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.

In North America, DENSO employs more than 23,000 people at 30 consolidated companies and affiliates, including 28 manufacturing facilities. In the U.S. alone, DENSO employs more than 15,000 people. DENSO’s North American consolidated sales totaled US$9.9 billion for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017.

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Modular Mining Systems’ Collision Awareness System to Feature DENSO’s Industry Leading Connected Vehicle Technologies for Advanced Risk Mitigation in Mines

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Tucson, Arizona – July 10, 2017: Modular Mining Systems, Inc., the global leader in real-time mine management solutions, today announced its fourth-generation Collision Awareness System (CAS) to feature key technologies from DENSO. The system combines DENSO’s industry-leading, standards-based vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) connected vehicle technologies with its own software and hardware, enabling the CAS to help increase situational awareness and mitigate collision risk in a mine.

Established in 1949, DENSO is recognized as one of the world’s largest Tier 1 suppliers of advanced automotive technology, systems and components. The Collision Awareness System leverages DENSO’s proven technologies to provide 360-degree situational awareness. Audible and visual alerts warn operators of potential collisions with other CAS-enabled equipment, while complex algorithms perform real-time risk assessment calculations to minimize nuisance alarms.

“Our relationship with DENSO underscores our commitment to bringing the best-of-breed solutions to our customers and takes collision awareness technology in the mining industry to new heights,” said Lucas van Latum, Director, Product Strategy at Modular. “Our approach to collision awareness is built upon 15 years’ worth of standards, technologies, and algorithms developed and tested for the automotive market, which we’ve tailored and extended to meet the needs of the mining industry,” he added.

As part of the collaboration, Modular is able to leverage DENSO’s many years of automotive safety and connected vehicle technology R&D, extensive automotive industry expertise, and rigorous governmental safety testing and qualifications. The system works in several standard license-free frequencies, as well as in the licensed 5.9GHz dedicated short-range communications (DSRC) frequency spectrum, which prioritizes safety over non-safety applications, and is designed to perform in extreme weather conditions including rain, fog, snow, and heat. Modular and its customers will also benefit from DENSO’s future product enhancements and innovations as safety technologies evolve.

“Combining Modular’s leading solutions with DENSO’s V2V technology, including dedicated short range communications (DSRC), will put the latest advances from global intelligent transportation systems into mines,” said Roger Berg, Vice President, North America Research and Development at DENSO. “The applications for V2V technology extend far beyond automotive, and we are confident our collaboration with Modular will improve the mining environment and contribute to safety in mines.”

Modular’s Collision Awareness System will be showcased at this year’s Mining Indonesia Expo from September 13-16 in Jakarta, Indonesia; at Exposibram 2017 from September 18-21 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil; and at Expomineria from October 25-28 in Guadalajara, Mexico.

About DENSO in North America

DENSO, headquartered in Kariya, Japan, is a leading global automotive supplier of advanced technology, systems and components in the areas of thermal, powertrain control, electronics and information and safety. In North America, DENSO employs more than 23,000 people at 30 consolidated companies and affiliates. Of these, 25 are manufacturing facilities located in the United States, Canada and Mexico. In the United States alone, DENSO employs more than 15,000 people in California, Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Iowa, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Alabama and Arkansas. DENSO’s North American consolidated sales totalled US$9.9 billion for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016. For more information, go to http://www.densocorp-na.com.

About Modular Mining Systems, Inc.

Founded in 1979, Modular Mining Systems, Inc. is the market-leading provider of powerful information management solutions that meet the needs of both surface and underground mining operations worldwide. Modular is committed to delivering state-of-the-art mine management technologies in the areas of production, machine guidance, equipment health, and operator safety. Modular employs close to 700 employees in 10 globally-distributed offices, with systems deployed at 250 client sites, including 18 of the 20 largest mines in the world. For more information, visit http://www.modularmining.com/.

DENSO Opens OES Sales Office in Plano, TX

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LONG BEACH, Calif. – DENSO Products and Services Americas, Inc., an affiliate of leading global automotive supplier DENSO Corp., has opened an original equipment supplier (OES) sales office in Plano, Texas. DENSO expanded its sales operations to Plano to support the growing concentration of automotive customers in the region, notably Toyota Motor North America, Inc. and its dealership network.

Opened in mid-May with a staff of 11 with accommodations to support potential expansion, DENSO’s 3,300-square-foot office is located within Granite Park Four, a 12-story state-of-the-art business park in the thriving greater Dallas region. DENSO’s office is a large, open space environment designed to welcome customers and promote communication. The ergonomic floor plan features large and small conference areas bordered by individual workstations for visiting customers and private offices.

“From location to functionality, everything about our new office reflects DENSO’s commitment to first-class customer service,” said David H. Williams, director of OES Sales, Marketing and Strategic Planning. “This includes the latest technology for seamless sales transactions and customer support.”

The high-tech workspace is fully equipped with Wi-Fi, magnetic whiteboards with interactive touch screens, and portable tablets instead of desktop computers to maximize operational efficiencies and advance a paperless workplace. The latter also reflects DENSO’s larger commitment to sustainable business practices.

Likewise, Granite Park Four’s eco-friendly design and construction factored into DENSO’s decision to locate its Plano office within the business park. The development is under consideration by the U.S. Green Building Council for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification with a silver rating.

DENSO will hold a July 11 open house to welcome regional customers to the Plano office, located at 5850 Granite Parkway, Suite 950.

About DENSO Products and Services Americas, Inc.

DENSO Products and Services Americas, Inc. is an automotive components sales, remanufacturing and distribution company that employs 550 people in Long Beach, San Jose and Murrieta, Calif. and Plano, Tex. The company’s product line includes heavy-duty and automotive alternators, starters, oil, cabin and air filters, spark plugs, AC compressors, oxygen sensors, ignition wires, fuel pumps, fuel injectors and wiper blades. DENSO Products and Services Americas supplies parts for original equipment service dealers, independent aftermarket service centers and retailers. In addition, the company distributes heavy-duty diesel and electrical components, portable commercial air-conditioning units and industrial robots. For more information, go to www.densoautoparts.com.

About DENSO Corporation

DENSO Corp., headquartered in Kariya, Aichi prefecture, Japan, is a leading global automotive supplier of advanced technology, systems and components in the areas of thermal, powertrain control, electronics, information and safety. Its customers include all the world’s major carmakers. Worldwide, the company has more than 200 subsidiaries and affiliates in 38 countries and regions (including Japan) and employs more than 150,000 people. Consolidated global sales for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017, totaled US$40.4 billion. Last fiscal year, DENSO spent 9.0 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.globaldenso.com

or visit our media website at http://www.globaldenso.com/en/newsreleases/media-center/.

About DENSO in North America

In North America, DENSO employs more than 22,000 people at 30 consolidated companies and affiliates. Of these, 25 are manufacturing facilities located in the United States, Canada and Mexico. In the United States alone, DENSO employs more than 14,000 people in California, Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Iowa, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Arkansas. DENSO’s North American consolidated sales totaled US$9.6 billion for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017. For more information, go to www.densocorp-na.com.

Connect with us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/DENSOinNorthAmerica

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DENSO Awards Battle Creek Student Scholarships

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BATTLE CREEK, Mich., 2017 ― Leading global automotive supplier DENSO has renewed its commitment to support and provide educational opportunities for the communities it serves in West Michigan. DENSO Manufacturing Michigan (DMMI) in Battle Creek, the city’s largest employer and one of the top automotive thermal systems and component producers, today awarded scholarships to four outstanding students through partnerships with the Battle Creek Community Foundation (BCCF) and the Battle Creek Area Math and Science Center (BCAMSC).

Scholarship resources come from the DMMI Scholarship Fund, which DENSO established in 1997 to assist children of employees with the rising cost of higher education.

“Ensuring our associates and their families have resources to develop tools to succeed is a core value at DENSO,” said Andris Staltmanis, president, DENSO Manufacturing Michigan. “Our scholarship fund allows us to extend beyond the work day and provide opportunities for our family members to flourish.”

The 2017 BCCF scholarship recipients are Jayson Butler and Calder Lachance of Lakeview High School and Ian Mullis of Saint Philip Catholic Central High School. Butler plans to attend Michigan State University and major in chemistry this fall. Lachance will study political science at the University of Michigan and Mullis will begin engineering studies at Kellogg Community College. A selection committee from the BCCF chooses winners based on student activities and work experience.

The BCAMSC scholarship promotes math and science education and excellence, recognizing outstanding graduates with financial assistance for college expenses. Staff at the BCAMSC selects two outstanding students for the scholarship each year. Lachance and Ana Singh, also of Lakeview High School, received this year’s scholarships. Singh will attend Calvin College to study biology and Spanish.

“The education you’ve received at the Math and Science Center has given you an excellent start,” said Brenda Dredge, director of new product introduction, DENSO Manufacturing Michigan, in a speech to students at the BCAMSC. “We are fortunate to have the Math and Science Center in our community, and we are proud to help you as you start your college studies and this next phase of your lives.”

About DENSO in Battle Creek
DENSO Manufacturing Michigan, Inc. (DMMI) is the lead production facility for DENSO’s Thermal Systems North American Center (TAC), manufacturing automotive air conditioning and engine cooling components and systems, including condensers, radiators, CRFMs (condenser, radiator, and fan modules), heater cores, evaporators and HVAC units. Founded in 1986 as DENSO’s first manufacturing facility in the United States, the DMMI campus in Battle Creek includes more than 1,380,000 square feet of manufacturing, warehouse and administrative floor space in 6 buildings on over 100 acres of land. DMMI is the largest employer in Battle Creek.

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, 2017. For more information, go to www.denso.com/us-ca/en. 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, 2017, totaled US$40.4 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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FORD MOTOR COMPANY HONORS DENSO WITH WORLD EXCELLENCE AWARD FOR SMART TECHNOLOGY

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SOUTHFIELD, Mich., June 26, 2017 – DENSO International America, Inc. received a coveted Smart Technology Award for its Electric Hybrid Vehicle (EHV) Inverter business at Ford Motor Company’s19th Annual World Excellence Awards.

Ford Motor Company’s World Excellence Awards annually honor automotive suppliers that exceed the company’s highest standards in quality, cost, performance and delivery. Fifty-seven companies were selected as part of this year’s awards from a pool of thousands of global suppliers. DENSO was one of four suppliers recognized in the Smart Brand Pillar.

“Crafting consistently high-performing, smart technology is at the core of our business,” said Thomas Esser, vice president and Global Ford Sales Lead at DENSO. “This award speaks to our team’s tireless efforts to deliver innovative solutions impacting the increasingly important electric vehicle space, as well as exceeding Ford Motor Company’s highest quality standards.”

Ford Motor Company honors top-performing global automotive suppliers based on a variety of categories, including:

  • Primary Brand Pillars – quality, green, safe and smart
  • Aligned Business Framework principles focused on quality, value and innovation
  • Lincoln Luxury
  • Supplier Diversity Development

Honorees were recognized at the 19th annual Ford World Excellence Awards ceremony at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan in May.

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.denso.com/us-ca/en   . 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, 2017, totaled US$40.4 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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DENSO’s Athens and Maryville locations Recognized by the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation

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SOUTHFIELD, Mich.– The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TGSP) has recognized DENSO’s Athens and Maryville locations for outstanding environmental conservation and vision for creating a sustainable automotive society. A recent article from the Tennessee Green Star Partnership highlighted key environmental initiatives at each facility, including DENSO’s EcoParks and continued focus on recycling, energy management, and diverting waste material from landfills.

“Protecting the environment in which we work and engaging our community in a dialogue about environmental conservation are pillars of our business,” said Jack Helmboldt, President, DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee. “We pride ourselves on thinking of new ways to achieve sustainability and engage the community with hands-on learning opportunities that drive measurable impact.”

The article noted several environmental achievements at both Athens and Maryville:

  • Athens successfully diverted 98 percent of waste material (about 3,868 tons) from the landfill, amounting to 7.7 million pounds of recyclable material; Maryville reduced landfill material from 2,928 tons in 2000 to 9 tons in 2016
  • Athens implemented new pollution control technology to create a supplementary energy source and reduce overall CO2 emissions
  • Maryville implemented an “ice plant system” in its HVAC units, reducing the cost of cooling by about 40 percent, as well as reducing maintenance and downtime, and eliminating ozone depleting refrigerants
  • Both facilities engaged local communities at outdoor EcoParks around topics like recycling, litter prevention, pollution, and composting

TGSP also recognized how each facility’s environmental efforts align with DENSO’s worldwide Eco-Vision initiative. Eco-Vision provides local facilities with a blueprint to achieve a sustainable automotive society, and the decisions to implement non-traditional methods and technologies to improve energy efficiency and waste diversion enable teams to deliver on that promise, according to the article. DENSO’s ECO VISION policy, which was first launched in 1997, has been in place for nearly 20 years.

These recognitions build on DENSO’s history of environmental accolades in Tennessee. The TGSP has recognized the Athens and Maryville teams as Green Star Partners since 2002. TGSP Green Star Partners demonstrate commitment to continuously improve sustainability practices across their operations.

 

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 17,000 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$9.6 billion for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017. For more information, go to www.denso.com/us-ca/en. 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, 2017, totaled US$40.4 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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DENSO Foundation’s 2017 Grants Support Hands-On Education at 22 Institutions Across North America

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SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Supporting the communities DENSO serves and providing resources for the next generation of technical workers to succeed are core to DENSO’s success. To fulfill these promises, DENSO’s philanthropic arm – the DENSO North America Foundation (DNAF) – funds programs across the continent each year providing hands-on learning opportunities in areas from robotics and thermodynamics to design and materials development.

On May 22, the DNAF board confirmed its 2017 college and university grants: nearly $1 million in overall funding for 22 institutions and educational programs across North America.

“Innovation throughout the manufacturing industry will continue to produce more growth opportunities for students in skilled trades and technical fields,” said Doug Patton, president of the DENSO North America Foundation and executive vice president of Engineering at DENSO International America, Inc. “Companies will lean on this young workforce for years to come, and in order to succeed we need to empower students by giving a better sense for what they’ll experience in the workplace.”

“The automotive industry relies more and more on those with expertise in fields like robotics and electrical engineering and mechanical engineering,” said David Cole, DENSO North American Foundation board member. “Supporting STEM education enables DENSO to develop the next generation of talent needed to fill these roles. It also helps students find ways to translate their passion and skills into opportunity after graduation.”

Since 2001, the DNAF has advanced the auto industry through grants to colleges and universities, providing students with technology, tools, and experiences similar to that of the professional workplace they’ll experience after graduation. The proposal process for these education grants is invite only, and all proposals are evaluated based on technical merit, student experience, and alignment with industry needs.

This year’s grant recipients include:

  • Arkansas Northeastern College
  • Arkansas State University
  • California State University- Long Beach
  • Cleveland State Community College
  • CONALEP Technical College
  • Conestoga College
  • East Tennessee State University
  • FIME – Mechanical and Electrical Engineer College
  • Kettering University
  • Lawrence Technological University
  • Michigan State University
  • Michigan Technological University
  • North Carolina State University
  • Northeast State Community College
  • Oakland University
  • Tennessee Technological University
  • Trine University
  • University of Guelph
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Tennessee – Chattanooga
  • University of Tennessee – Knoxville
  • Western Michigan University


About the DENSO North America Foundation

A registered 501(c)3 corporate foundation, The DENSO North America Foundation is dedicated to helping students advance their education in engineering, technology and other related programs. Founded in 2001, the Foundation provides grants to colleges and universities throughout North America, helping our communities prosper through the development of a skilled and knowledgeable workforce. The Foundation also provides disaster relief grants through the American Red Cross to aid persons and communities in which DENSO Corporation operates. For more information, visit http://densofoundation.org.

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 17,000 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$9.6 billion for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017. For more information, go to www.denso.com/us-ca/en. Connect with DENSO on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DENSOinNorthAmerica

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

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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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