Aftermarket sales and distribution of automotive, heavy-duty diesel and electrical components, portable commercial air-conditioning units and industrial robots; manufacturer of re-manufactured products
Driving Down a Dream
The AOES team received an official business award from BMW North America to supply remanufactured alternators produced at DPAM Murrietta Operations. BMW will source a total of 17 part numbers that will be distributed to their North American dealership network. On March 12th BMW asked the AOES team to participate in the dealership announcement (Pictured left to right Gary Price Sales Manager, Stephanie Cotton Program Manager, Tom Ranger Product Manager). The AOES team would like to thank the entire DPAM organization for their support to win this important business.
Finance and Accounting had two full time SME’s in CAMS. Nema was assigned from Accounts Payable and Rick McClarty from General Ledger and Financial Reporting. Rick McClarty suddenly decided to retire with a two week notice while DPAM was in the midst of the CAMS project. This was an extremely critical time – only 1 ½ months from the “Go Live” date.
At that time, F&A had no available resources to fill Rick’s position in CAMS due Fiscal Year End closing, an audit and other time-sensitive projects. Nema stepped up without hesitation and took over the General Ledger and Finance Reporting on top of her A/P responsibility in CAMS. In the transition and review process of the general ledger in preparation for UAT many issues in Finance were uncovered which required a lot of clean up and validation.
Immediately, F&A realigned its resources to support Nema but in order to complete her project tasks timely, Nema has had to work long hours and many weekends. She shares high goals with her colleagues and respects the contribution of each team member. Nema’s effort is unprecedented. Her perseverance and determination to a successful project launch displays her spirit of foresight, overcoming challenges, and teamwork by doing the best she can as a role model and team player.
Friday qualifying ended on a high note for DENSO with three (provisional) #1 Qualifiers powered by DENSO: Matt Smith, Pro Stock Motorcycle; Greg Anderson, Pro Stock Car; and Clay Millican, Top Fuel.
Clay set a new track record with his 3.758-second, 331.12 mph pass on Friday night. His low ET and top speed held solid for the remainder of the event. This headline was picked up by NBC Sports and ABC News. (Ultimately, Clay will go out in the second round of eliminations on Sunday, losing by a very narrow margin – just two 100ths of a second to Mike Salinas)
12 of the top 16 qualifiers in Pro Stock car were powered by DENSO spark plugs
Blake Alexander, sponsored by the Pronto Group went all the way to the finals on Sunday. Blake is another Top Fuel driver (same class as Clay) who displays a DENSO Vehicle MRI decal on his car. Blake doesn’t race the full season and took down Antron Brown in the first round.
Sunday Event Winners – Powered by DENSO:
Pro Stock Motorcycle – Eddie Krawiec, Vance & Hines/Harley-Davidson
Stock Eliminator – Jeff Strickland
Competition Eliminator – Van Puckett
Super Street – Keith Mayers
Safety Motion Function Facilitates Human-Robot Collaboration
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.
Type of Company
Automotive Wholesale Distributor who sells directly to the installer repair shops
XL Parts carries 175 different full line brand products with more than 120,000 part numbers.
Our Annual Sales to Them
FY 2016 $5.2 Million
Number of Employees
Brief Company Description
XL Parts has 3 main warehouse locations with hub and store locations totaling more than 40 locations. Their market areas are Texas and Oklahoma. XL Parts headquarters is Houston, TX. Over the last few years XL Parts has been in a significant growth mode expanding to the Dallas Fort Worth markets along with Oklahoma and Louisiana. Their main warehouse is a 5 acre state of the art facility which logistically replenishes their 40 plus locations
What Products Do They Purchase From Us?
Spark plugs, rotating electrical, O2 sensors, wire sets, fuel pumps, AC compressors and components
Years as a DENSO Customer
They have been a DENSO customer since 2001.
News Releases Organization Announcement
Hitachi Zosen Corporation, Development Bank of Japan, DENSO Corporation, Japan Radio Co., Ltd., and Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd. today announced that they will establish a new company named Global Positioning Augmentation Service Corporation (GPAS) on June 15, 2017 in the form of a joint investment.
Recently, high-precision positioning information is increasingly used in fields such as agriculture, construction, and disaster prevention. Demand for such information is expanding worldwide for both land-based and maritime applications. In Japan, Michibiki No.2 (Quasi-Zenith Satellite) was successfully launched on June 1, 2017 and is expected to generate diverse services using high-precision positioning information.
Within a few years, GPAS aims to commercialize a service for centimeter-level precision global satellite positioning through verification testing utilizing a high-precision orbit and clock analysis tool. Seeking the cooperation of relevant authorities and businesses, GPAS will work to establish a fundamental technology that supports the global deployment of autonomous vehicles and agricultural/construction machinery, in addition to maritime and meteorological observation applications.
As the nature of this project contributes to strengthening corporate competitiveness through cross-industry collaboration, Development Bank of Japan is investing in GPAS under a special financing program for supporting the competitiveness of growing companies and industries.
Overview of GPAS
|Company name||Global Positioning Augmentation Service Corporation|
|Foundation||June 15, 2017|
|Headquarters||8-17-5, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo|
|Business||Verification for commercialization of centimeter-level high-precision satellite positioning service, etc.|
|Investors||Hitachi Zosen Corporation, Development Bank of Japan, DENSO Corporation, Japan Radio Co., Ltd., and Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.|
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.
A new plant at DENSO Fukushima
KARIYA, TOKYO (Japan) – DENSO Corporation and Toshiba Corporation today announced that the two companies have begun talks to enhance collaborations in the fields of Internet of Things (IoT)-based manufacturing, advanced driver assistance, automated driving, and others.
The collaborations aim to combine DENSO’s high level of technology and manufacturing capability accumulated through its experience in the automotive market and Toshiba’s image recognition, IoT, artificial intelligence (AI), and software development technologies, in order to increase the competitiveness to make it through the paradigm shift that is taking place in the automotive industry.
In the fields of advanced driver assistance and automated driving, DENSO and Toshiba have jointly developed AI technologies used in image recognition systems. Moreover, the two companies have worked together in a wide range of areas including the development of automotive lithium-ion battery packs and software for ECUs used in automotive components.
DENSO and Toshiba will collaborate more closely in fields where they can share their visions and speed up the development of technology.
–Creating new value in next-generation vehicle exhaust systems and vehicle electrification–
KARIYA (Japan) ― Global automotive supplier DENSO Corporation and electronics and ceramics company IBIDEN Co., Ltd. have today formed a capital and business alliance to jointly develop the next-generation vehicle exhaust system. This collaboration will combine IBIDEN’s advantages in high-performance ceramic materials with DENSO’s advantages in developing products as systems to synergistically develop high-performance yet simple and low-cost vehicle exhaust systems. DENSO will acquire the treasury stock of IBIDEN through a third-party allocation. In addition, to respond to an increasingly diverse range of powertrains, DENSO and IBIDEN will consider collaboration in the area of vehicle electrification to make vehicle electrification more efficient.
As international regulations on vehicle exhaust emissions become more strict, internal combustion engines must be more efficient and the exhaust systems improved. This capital and business alliance will enable the two companies to pool their accumulated technological strengths to speed up the development of high-performance vehicle exhaust systems for internal combustion engines, including gasoline, diesel, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid engines.
DENSO has developed and provided systems components to better control the intake, power, and exhaust events in the operating cycle of gasoline and diesel engines. Meanwhile, IBIDEN has focused on its ceramic business and developed high-performance ceramic materials, such as for diesel particulate filters (DPF), for the exhaust system of diesel engines.
The two companies will develop eco-friendly products that improve fuel efficiency and reduce exhaust emissions, thus helping to preserve the global environment.
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 and 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, 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/
About IBIDEN Co., LTD.
IBIDEN Co., Ltd. is a Japanese company with more than 100 years history. The IBIDEN Group consists of 37 subsidiaries and 3 affiliates. IBIDEN Group is managing businesses centering around electronics and ceramics. In the electronics business, the company designs and manufactures plastic packages and printed-wiring boards that are used for personal computers and smart phones as well as contributing to the development of telecommunication equipment which the world is expecting. In the ceramics business, IBIDEN produces Diesel Particulate Filters (DPF) that purifies the exhaust gas of diesel cars, and also produces graphite specialty products used for semiconductor and solar cell manufacturing devices. IBIDEN designs and manufactures the products that reduce the global-environmental load with long-established ceramic technologies. For more information, visit their website www.ibiden.com
SUZUKI MOTOR CORPORATION (SUZUKI), TOSHIBA CORPORATION (TOSHIBA) and DENSO CORPORATION (DENSO) have reached basic agreement on establishing a joint venture company for production of automotive lithium-ion battery packs in India, and signed the agreement.
In India, higher attention is being paid to environment, and new CO2 standards for automobiles is planned to be introduced. In the Indian automotive market where compact cars are the mainstream models, introduction of sustainable technology suitable for such affordable cars is required. The battery pack manufacturing joint venture by the three companies will realize stable supply of lithium-ion battery packs in India in the course of promoting sustainable cars in the country and will contribute to “Make in India” initiative by the Indian Government.
The joint venture company will be established within 2017 and shall move to manufacturing phase at earliest possible timing. The initial capital expenditure will be 20 billion Japanese yen. The joint venture company will be capitalized at 2 billion Japanese yen, with the planned participation ratio of SUZUKI 50%, TOSHIBA 40% and DENSO 10% respectively.
Establishment of the joint venture company will be further examined in details by the three companies, and subject to approval by respective authorities in accordance with applicable competition laws.
DPAM is pleased to extend a warm welcome to Brett Lowie, our new director of Americas Operations in our Parts Department.
Brett is a strong leader with more than 30 years of experience in operations and supply chain management in the automotive industry. He previously held management positions at Mercedes-Benz USA, Penske Logistics and Chrysler LLC.
Brett earned his MBA in international business and finance from Baker College in Flint, Mich., and his B.S. in economics and finance from Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tenn. He also spent four years in the U.S. Marine Corps, earning the rank of corporal and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for outstanding service.
Brett joined DPAM in mid-February and reports to Kazu Yanagawa, vice president of our Materials Control Group. We welcome Brett to the DPAM team!
― DENSO also renews sponsorship of the 2017 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series ―
DENSO Products and Services Americas, Inc., a division of leading global automotive supplier DENSO Corp., is back at the track this weekend as the title rights sponsor of the 18th an nual DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals. The action-packed event at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway starts Friday and continues through Sunday.
The DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals is the fourth stop of the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. DENSO is also a supporting sponsor of all 24 races in the series that crisscrosses the nation through November.
“We’re thrilled to return for our second consecutive year as the title sponsor of the NHRA Las Vegas Nationals and support the teams and fans throughout the 2017 season,” said Joseph Mejaly, senior vice president of Operations, Sales, Strategic Planning and Marketing at DENSO Products and Services Americas. “Every race is a test of automotive excellence, and DENSO is proud to partner with NHRA and be a part of the action.”
DENSO’s premium Iridium spark plugs will be a force on the track during the entire series. Last year, teams riding on DENSO plugs dominated the Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle classes.
Fans will find DENSO’s full line of spark plugs at Nitro Alley, the midway where they can learn more about and purchase DENSO plugs at every event.
NHRA social media platforms will feature DENSO posts throughout the weekend. DENSO will post its own race and product updates on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube all season long.
For nearly half a century, DENSO has sponsored world-class motor sports, including NHRA, NASCAR, Formula One, World Rally Championship and Super GT races. In addition to spark plugs, alternators, radiators and engine management systems are among DENSO’s precision original equipment and replacement auto parts that professional drivers and pit crews count on for the best performance under the most competitive racing conditions and motorists rely on every day.
More information on DENSO spark plugs, as well as DENSO’s comprehensive lines of auto parts, is available at retail stores, wholesale distributors and www.densoautoparts.com.
KARIYA (Japan) ― DENSO Corporation today announced that it will build an additional plant to expand production to include instrument clusters at the DENSO Iwate plant in Kanegasaki-cho, Iwate Prefecture, to enhance the competitiveness of the group’s production system in Japan.
DENSO Corporation will invest approximately US$88 million (approx. 10 billion yen) and the number of employees required will increase to around 1,000 by 2020. Construction will start in October 2017 and will be completed in October 2018. Production will begin in May 2019 and increase in stages.
DENSO Iwate currently manufactures semiconductor wafers, and will start production of semiconductor sensors in June 2017. DENSO Iwate will expand its production lineup from semiconductor wafers to electronics products, and will improve its capability to meet customer needs and also contribute to the development of the local community.
Profile of DENSO Iwate Corporation
|1. Name||DENSO Iwate Corporation|
|2. Establishment||October 1, 2012|
|3. Location||4-2 Nishinemoriyama, Kanegasaki-cho, Isawa-gun, Iwate Prefecture|
|4. Capital||Approx. US$21 million (2.35 billion yen)|
|5. Ownership||100% owned by DENSO Corporation|
|6. President||Shuichi Ito|
|7. Employees||616 (as of the end of February 2017)About 1,000 (projected for FY 2020)|
|8. Business description||Manufacturing and selling semiconductor wafers and sensors|
|9. Site area||About 290,000 m2|
|10. Total floor area||About 106,000 m2 (before expansion)About 126,000 m2 (after expansion)|
* Exchange rate used is 113 yen to the US one dollar, at the end of February for convenience only.
A new plant at DENSO Iwate
MARYVILLE, Tenn. – Employees from DENSO’s Maryville and Athens, Tennessee manufacturing facilities have been teaming up over the last few months to raise money for the wildfire relief efforts in Gatlinburg, Tenn. The two locations initiated a “Smokies Strong” T-shirt fundraising campaign, through which they raised $25,000.
“The Gatlinburg wildfires were truly devastating to all of us here in East Tennessee. We are very proud of our employees for coming together to help our neighbors who were affected by this disaster,” said Mike Brackett, Senior Vice President at DENSO.
DENSO Employee Victoria Fry had family working in Gatlinburg when the wildfire evacuations began. “My daughter works for WestGate Properties and was onsite that day,” she said. “We are so thankful that she was able to get out unharmed. I purchased a ‘Smokies Strong’ shirt at DENSO to support ‘my people’ as Dolly Parton calls them – after all, the people of Sevier County are my people and these mountains are my home, too. My husband and I are honored to be a part of the DENSO team and so proud of everyone who came together to make this donation possible.”
Employees from DENSO also volunteered with the American Red Cross and Volunteer East TN to help with wildfire and tornado clean-up efforts.
In addition to the money raised by employees, the DENSO North America Foundation (DNAF) made a $25,000 contribution to the American Red Cross disaster fund to help respond to the Gatlinburg, Tenn. wildfires, the Athens, Tenn. tornado, and Greenville, N.C. flooding.
KARIYA (Japan) ―DENSO Corporation today announced its new management structure and management changes. The new structure will help DENSO advance in areas the automotive industry is quickly progressing in, such as electrification, automated driving, connected vehicles, car sharing and the Internet of Things (IoT).
The following changes will be effective April 1, 2017:
DENSO will introduce a new executive position “Executive fellow“. This position will lead their specialized files with their highly advanced expertise, and provide new values to the society. This position is introduced based on DENSO’s policy that “Human resources having highly advanced expertise are sources of company’s competing power”
“As the industry rapidly changes, DENSO needs to transform our approach to work,” said president and CEO of DENSO Corporation Koji Arima. “This transformation starts with our executive team. We need a structure in place to improve our competitiveness, speed and expertise.”
The following management changes will be effective April 1, 2017:
Hiroyuki Wakabayashi will be appointed to executive vice president and member of the Board. Currently he is the senior executive director and member of the Board.
Masahiko Miyaki will resign as executive vice president.
The following will be appointed as senior executive directors:
The following will be appointed as executive directors:
Satoshi Iwata will resign as senior executive director.
The following will resign as executive directors:
The following will be appointed as executive fellows:
*Representative, ○ Newly-appointed, Changes are underlined
|*Vice Chairman||Koji Kobayashi||Tokyo Office|
|*President & CEO||Koji Arima|
|*Executive Vice President||Haruya Maruyama||Overall Management, Overall Sales and Marketing, Corporate Strategy|
|Yasushi Yamanaka||Overall Management, Overall R&D, Future Creation Technology, NIPPON SOKEN, INC.|
|Hiroyuki Wakabayashi||Overall Management, Overall Production, Safety & Environment, Quality Center, ADAS, DENSO ABASHIRI TEST CENTER CORP.|
|Member of the Board||Masahiko Miyaki|
|George Olcott||Outside board member|
|Takashi Nawa||Outside board member|
|Member of the BoardSenior Executive Director||Yoshikazu Makino||Corporate Center, Audit Dept., Thermal Systems Business Group|
|Michio Adachi||Powertrain Systems Business Group|
|Masahiko Ito||DENSO SALES JAPAN CORPORATION, New Business, Fleet Air-Conditioning Business Unit|
|Senior Executive Director||Toshiyuki Kato||Toyota Sales Div., Osaka Sales Div.|
|Sadahiro Usui||Head of Europe, DENSO INTERNATIONAL EUROPE B.V.|
|Katsuhisa Shimokawa||Production Innovation Center|
|Yukihiko Murakami||Sales and Marketing Group|
|Hiroyuki Ina||Electronic Systems Business Group, Tokyo Office|
|Shoji Tsuzuki||Purchasing Group, Information Systems Div., EDT Promotion Div.|
|Shingo Kuwamura||ASMO CO., LTD.|
|Yukihiro Kato||Information & Safety Systems Business Group|
|Yoshifumi Kato||Engineering Research & Development Center, Digital Innovation|
|Executive Director||Kazuaki Fujitani||Aftermarket Business Unit, Connected Service Business Promotion Div., Customer Service Div. Chubu Sales Div., Hiroshima Sales Div.|
|Yukihiro Shinohara||Electrification Systems Business Group|
|Kazumasa Kimura||Head of China, DENSO (CHINA) INVESTMENT CO.LTD.|
|Bunichi Kondo||Tokyo Sales Division|
|Masanori Tsuruta||Semiconductor Device Business Unit|
|Yasuhiro Iida||Thermal Systems Business Group (Deputy)|
|Kenichiro Ito||Head of North America, DENSO INTERNATIONAL AMERICA, INC.|
|Shinsuke Yamaguchi||DENSO (THAILAND) CO., LTD.|
|Yoshitaka Kajita||Head of Asia-Oceania, DENSO INTERNATIONAL ASIA CO., LTD.|
|Jiro Ebihara||Electric Components Business Unit|
|Jack Helmboldt||DENSO MANUFACTURING TENNESSEE, INC.|
|Yuji Ishizuka||Sales and Marketing of Europe, DENSO AUTOMOTIVE DEUTSCHLAND GMBH|
|Yasuhiko Yamazaki||Production Eng. Research Div., Innovative Production & Factory Promotion Div., Materials Eng. R&D Div., Measurement & Instrumentation Eng. Div., Prototype Mfg. Div.,|
|Hisaaki Sato||Sales and Marketing of North, Central & South America|
|Hajime Kumabe||Advanced Safety Business Unit, Electronic Control Components Div.|
|Yasushi Matsui||Corporate Planning Div., Finance & Accounting Div., Global Strategy Dept., Cost Management Dept.|
|Hirotsugu Takeuchi||ICT Business Unit, Thermal Systems R&D Function Unit|
|Keiko Shimokata||Health Care Promotion Div., Diversity & Inclusion Promotion, DENSO BLOSSOM Co. LTD|
|Yutaka Yamanouchi||Strategic Production Planning Div., Production Control Div., Logistics Planning Div., Facility Div., DENSO E&TS TRAINING CENTER CORP.|
|Hisashi Iida||ADAS Business & Technology Development Div., Corporate R&D Div.1,2|
|Marco Di Rao Marotta||Thermal Systems Business of Europe, DENSO THERMAL SYSTEMS S.p.A.|
|Sinnosuke Hayashi||Basis Electronic Technology Unit, Electronics Business Unit, DENSO CREATE INC.|
|Terutaka Kageyama||Sales Engineering|
|Yasushi Mukai||Human Resources Div., Corporate Communications Div., Legal Div., General Admin. Div., Plant General Administration|
|Katsuhiko Takeuchi||Diesel Systems Business Unit, Gasoline Systems Business Unit, Engine Components Business Unit|
|Tomoyuki Arakawa||New Business Promotion Div.|
|Kazuoki Matsugatani||Engineering of Europe|
|Katsuhiko Sugito||Machinery & Tools Div., Parts Eng. Div., Parts Mfg. Div., FA Business Unit|
DENSO decided the following changes of members of the board and the members on its audit & supervisory board. This changes will be effective after the 94th Annual General Meeting of Shareholders, 2017.:
The following will resign as from members of the Board:
Noriyuki Matsushima will be appointed as member of the Audit & Supervisory Board.
Tsutomu Saito will resign as member of the Audit & Supervisory Board.
DENSO’s New Board of Directors and Audit & Supervisory Board as of Annual General Meeting of Shareholders, 2017
|*Vice Chairman||Koji Kobayashi|
|*President & CEO||Koji Arima|
|*Executive Vice President||Haruya Maruyama|
|Member of the Board||Yoshikazu Makino|
**Outside, ○ Newly-appointed
|Audit & Supervisory Board Member||Masato Iwase|
— Primary, Occupational Health Care for Employees, Family Members to Complement Community Partners —
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. – Global automotive supplier DENSO will strengthen its commitment to the health and wellness of employees and their families as it celebrates opening the newest DENSO Family Health Center (DFHC) at DENSO Manufacturing Michigan, Inc. (DMMI) today.
“We are focused on being an employer of choice and this expansion fits well with our company philosophy to offer amenities that help make employees’ lives easier,” said Andris Staltmanis, DMMI president. “Our goals with the health center are to better manage the company’s rising healthcare costs, pass some savings on to our employees and provide employees and their families with convenient access to high quality health services.”
DENSO Family Health Center Uses Patient Centered Medical Home Approach
The new center uses the Patient Centered Medical Home approach to providing comprehensive healthcare, which is meant to strengthen the healthcare provider-patient relationship; providing whole-person, coordinated care, enhancing the healthcare experience and outcomes through better communication. The center offers easy access to care and encourages active patient participation in healthcare delivery. DENSO employees and their families will be surrounded by a dedicated team of health professionals working together to meet individual healthcare needs.
“DENSO is proud to lead in this trend to provide a more comprehensive approach to healthcare,” Staltmanis said. “Having a family health center on site will make it easy for our employees to stay proactive with their health and help manage chronic conditions if needed through quick access to primary care.”
Employer healthcare centers are a fast-growing employee benefit trend. In addition to occupational health services offered in many of its North American facilities, DENSO also provides onsite access and coordinated care for employees and their families at a Family Health Center in Maryville, Tenn. and a clinic in Athens, Tenn.
DENSO purchased an adjoining building on Wayne Road in Battle Creek in 2015 to house a North Logistics Center to serve its expanding customer base in North America. The five-acre, 215,000+ square-foot facility had 10,000 square-feet of existing office space that underwent a full renovation to become the DENSO Family Health Center. The facility opens for business on Tuesday, Feb. 7.
The health center will be staffed with a primary care physician, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physical therapist, nurse and other medical professionals. Employees and their family members age 12 and older who are covered by a DENSO health plan are eligible to use the DFHC, but usage is voluntary.
DENSO employees and eligible family members can access key services such as –
The health center is operated and staffed by Premise Health, a leading worksite health and patient engagement company. The DENSO Family Pharmacy, also operated by Premise Health, opened in 2005 and will move to the Wayne Road location, centralizing convenient, affordable services.
The DENSO Family Health Center is the company’s latest investment in associate health and welfare, complementing the DENSO Family Pharmacy, onsite recreation center, Omni Credit Union branch, dining center, and extras including paid uniforms, work shoes, safety glasses, tuition assistance and technical training.
Starting production in 1986, DMMI is the lead production facility for DENSO’s Thermal Systems North American Center and the largest employer in Battle Creek, Mich. with more than 3,000 employees. DMMI manufactures automotive air conditioning and engine cooling components and systems, including condensers, radiators, CRFMs (condenser, radiator, and fan modules), heater cores, evaporators and HVAC units. The Battle Creek campus has more than 1.38 million square feet of manufacturing, warehouse and administrative floor space in six buildings on more than 100 acres of land. It is the largest facility in Fort Custer Industrial Park.
– Heavy-duty rotating electrical parts catalog available in print and digital formats –
LONG BEACH, Calif. – DENSO Products and Services Americas, Inc., an affiliate of leading global automotive supplier DENSO Corp., has released its 2017 Commercial & Heavy Duty Starter & Alternator Catalog (http://densoheavyduty.com/denso-hd-starter-alternator-catalog). DENSO announced the new catalog today at the 2017 Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week (HDAW) trade show in Las Vegas.
The catalog, which includes DENSO’s award-winning PowerEdge alternator, features 951 part numbers with applications for 18,000 heavy-duty trucks and off-road vehicles in operation today.
The coverage represents a 17 percent increase in DENSO part numbers and 57 percent increase in applications.
In addition to the print version, the catalog is available for the first time online as an interactive digital resource and a downloadable PDF file. During the trade show, hard copies are available at DENSO’s exhibit (Booth #621).
For more than 30 years, DENSO Commercial & Heavy Duty, a dedicated group within DENSO Products and Services Americas, has been building the parts that keep the most powerful trucks and equipment operating on the highway and off-road. Like all DENSO products, heavy-duty starters and alternators are built with the highest precision and craftsmanship to exact original equipment (OE) standards.
DENSO’s 2017 Commercial & Heavy Duty Starter & Alternator Catalog makes it easy to find the right replacement part the first time. Customers can quickly locate the part they need by make, vehicle type, year, model and engine type. Features include a comprehensive photo guide, listings that cross-reference DENSO part numbers to their OE-counterparts, and an additional section that cross-references part numbers by manufacturer.
The new catalog also contains general resource information. Sections cover visual battery inspection, performance testing and charging, tips for charging and starter systems, removal and installation information for starters and alternators, DENSO’s limited warranty and core return policies, and a kilowatt-to-horsepower conversion chart. The print catalog features convenient section tabs.
To view the digital version or download a PDF file of the 2017 Commercial & Heavy Duty Starter & Alternator Catalog, visit insert link. Print copies are available by contacting your local DENSO representative or calling 1-888-96-DENSO (option #2).
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – DENSO, a global automotive supplier with its North American headquarters in Southfield, Michigan, announces its 2017 commitment to FIRST Robotics. DENSO has backed FIRST, a program designed to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology, for more than 15 years through volunteer mentors, product and technology donations, and monetary funding. Since 2002, DENSO has donated more than $800,000 to FIRST Robotics.
DENSO announced its plans today as Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, Honorary Chair of the FIRST Championship Detroit Host Committee, and other Detroit leaders launched activities leading up to FIRST Championship Detroit in April 2018 at a press conference at the North American International Auto Show at Cobo Center in Detroit.
DENSO, a Silver Level Supplier Sponsor of FIRST, has teamed up with its affiliate, ASMO North Carolina, to donate 22,000 window motors to student team build kits for the for 2016-2018 competition seasons. Students are challenged to use the window motor and other parts to build a robot that completes the challenge they’re given. DENSO’s motor can be used to spin wheels, or move parts or “joints” of the robot.
“Every FIRST Robotics team around the world will have a DENSO motor available to use on their champion robot,” said Doug Patton, executive vice president of Engineering at DENSO. “DENSO donates its technology to help students get ’real-world’ hands-on experience. We want to engage students and get them excited about careers in engineering and technology.”
In 2017, DENSO is also sponsoring 25 teams throughout North America –
DENSO also sponsors the FIRST Robotics Southfield (Michigan), Lakeview (Michigan), Smoky Mountain (Tennessee) and Iowa regional competitions since they are held in the communities where DENSO is located.
FIRST Robotics has been compared to a varsity sport with hands-on training in science and technology to help students discover how rewarding a career in engineering or technology can be. STEM and mentoring programs like FIRST also give DENSO employees a chance to give back.
“One of the best things I get out of participating is watching when the kids understand and the lightbulb goes on” said Gary Held, DENSO senior design engineer and FIRST Robotics mentor.
“It’s a great opportunity to open kids up to hands-on learning about science, technology, engineering and math – some things that you might not get from regular classes.”
Participating in FIRST Robotics encourages students to pursue education and careers in STEM-related fields and inspires them to become leaders and innovators, and enhance their 21st century work-life skills.
FIRSTwas founded in 1989 to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, NH, the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills. High-school-aged teams compete head-to-head on a special playing field with robots they have designed, built, and programmed.
Under strict rules, limited resources, and the guidance of volunteer mentors including engineers, teachers, business professionals, parents, alumni and more, teams of 25+ students have just six weeks to build and program robots to perform challenging tasks against a field of competitors. They must also raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, and perform community outreach. In addition to learning valuable STEM and life skills, participants are eligible to apply for $25+ million in college scholarships.
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Global auto supplier DENSO today announced the opening of the DENSO R&D Lab at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor to accelerate development of new auto safety technologies and create new research opportunities for engineering students.
The DENSO R&D Lab gives DENSO an opportunity to more closely collaborate with the University and North American automotive manufacturers on key safety technologies like machine learning, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and Automated Drive (AD). As part of the lab, 12 university students have been selected to participate in research projects, which will begin this month and run throughout 2017.
“This new lab will provide opportunities for students to conduct research to develop future Automated Drive technologies that will help save lives,” said Doug Patton, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at DENSO’s North American headquarters in Southfield, Michigan. “We are excited to open the DENSO R&D Lab at the University of Michigan, in the heart of the global transportation technology research hub for autonomous drive right here in Michigan. The lab expands DENSO’s partnership with the University of Michigan, and extends a Master Alliance Agreement (MAA) we established in 2012 to sponsor multiple R&D projects.”
The DENSO R&D Lab is located at the University of Michigan’s North Campus Research Complex (NCRC), directly in the hub of research activity for AD that includes the Mobility Transformation Center (MTC) and its affiliated Mcity test facility, the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI), and the University of Michigan College of Engineering.
“As a member of the Mobility Transformation Center’s Leadership Circle and a sponsor of multiple research projects across campus, DENSO has been one of the University’s key industrial partners,” said S. Jack Hu, vice president for research at the University of Michigan. “Their new lab on campus will allow us work even more closely to create further opportunities for innovation and education.”
DENSO’s lab is a simulation environment with high-speed computing and high-capacity data storage. Simulation is conducted on high-performance computers and mechatronic systems, including an advanced driving simulator. Hardware-in-loop and driving simulators will provide researchers with functional verification of their methods for machine learning for AD and Collaborative AD (CoAD).
Machine learning for AD
Researchers will develop machine learning techniques to support AD systems in recognizing their environment, which helps them to make intelligent and sophisticated automated driving decisions.
Collaborative Automated Drive (CoAD)
By sharing sensor information via Dedicated Short Range Communication (DSRC), researchers will study ways to enhance the capabilities of automated driving for CoAD. This technique will increase the perception range of the system – beyond the field of view and line of sight of the on-board sensors.
Researchers will also test safety control algorithms such as forward collision warning, lane-keeping assistance, traffic sign recognition, V2X connected driving and pedestrian detection, among others.
In early December, DENSO also announced MDrive, a car sharing study in which University of Michigan-Dearborn students will help shape the future of mobility. With support from Detroit-based NextEnergy, an accelerator of advanced energy and mobility technologies, DENSO launched the study to determine what technologies may be needed for a new car-sharing segment. The students will provide feedback about car sharing and offer insights on helpful or unnecessary features in current car models.
Serves 6, as a lunch or dinner course
For the dressing:
1/3 cup grapeseed oil
1/2 cup lemon juice, fresh
1 tablespoon ginger, peeled and grated
2 teaspoons whole grain mustard
2 teaspoons pure maple syrup, optional
1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
For the salad:
2 cups dinosaur kale, tightly packed and thinly sliced
2 cups red cabbage, thinly sliced
2 cups broccoli florets
2 large carrots, peeled and grated
1 red bell pepper, sliced into matchsticks
2 avocados, peeled and diced
1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1 cup walnuts
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
• Dinosaur kale was used, but you can use any type of kale you like.
• You can also use avocado oil or olive oil in place of grapeseed oil in the dressing.
– A downsized sensor to help improve the safety of compact cars –
KARIYA (Japan) ― DENSO Corporation today announced that it has developed a small stereo vision sensor to contribute to improving the safety of compact vehicles. The new product is the world’s smallest* automotive stereo vision sensor and is used in Smart Assist III, a crash avoidance system designed for the new Daihatsu Tanto, which was released in November 2016.
Vision sensors use a camera to detect white lines and obstacles on the road ahead. The new sensor uses a pair of cameras placed side by side, which enables the distance to a target object to be measured more accurately and enhances the activation of autonomous emergency braking systems to avoid a collision with another vehicle or a pedestrian, lane departure warning systems, and auto high beam systems that automatically switch the headlights from high beam to low beam for better night vision.
Compact vehicles have limited space to install devices. Therefore, vision sensors are required to be small for easier installation. Generally, in stereo cameras, the longer the distance between the two camera lenses (baseline), the longer the measurable distance to the target, meaning that the camera body needs to be larger to extend the maximum measurable distance. A combination of highly accurate lens distortion correction and stereo matching technologies enables the new sensor to ensure that the maximum measurable distance is long enough while the baseline length is halved. Moreover, the new sensor is integrated with and is controlled by an ECU. Thus, the new product can be installed more easily.
The abovementioned innovations enable the new sensor to be mounted behind the windshield rearview mirror so the driver’s forward vision is not hindered. The sensor is located within the range of the windshield wipers, where contamination on the windshield is easily removed by their blades, so that the sensor can perform properly without being affected by rain and other debris on the windshield.
In 2012, DENSO developed a laser radar sensor used in Daihatsu’s Smart Assist System, the first active safety product of its kind introduced to the Japanese compact vehicle market. Using technologies that it has developed, DENSO will continue to contribute to building a traffic accident-free, safe and secure automotive society for all people around the world, not just for drivers and pedestrians.
*As of November 30, 2016. Inquiry by DENSO
– Aiming to preserve the global environment and build a safe, secure, efficient, and fair automotive society –
KARIYA & TOKYO (Japan) ― DENSO Corporation and NEC Corporation today announced their cooperation in the fields of advanced driver assistance, automated driving, and manufacturing, to help preserve the global environment and create a safe and secure automotive society.
The two companies will cooperate based on DENSO’s high level of technology and manufacturing capability accumulated through its experience in the automotive market and NEC’s artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), security, and other advanced technologies, as well as its remarkable achievements in system architecture and operation, which have been developed in its information and communications technology (ICT) services.
In the fields of advanced driver assistance and automated driving, to assess the performance of deep learning approaches to hazard prediction, DENSO and NEC will jointly develop safe and secure driving components with NEC’s AI to create hazard prediction technology.
Competition to develop automated driving and vehicle electrification technologies will become more intense and interaction among automotive systems will become increasingly complicated. To develop automotive products effectively, DENSO and NEC will capitalize on the NEC Group’s system developers to build a rapid and flexible product development system.
Additionally, with further advancement of the IoT, the security of corporate information infrastructure and products will become even more critical. DENSO and NEC will consider how best to collaborate to ensure greater security based on their expertise.
Moreover, the two companies will consider cooperation in manufacturing by combining NEC’s various IoT technologies.
The two companies will leverage technologies, products, and systems resulting from this cooperation and openly and actively build partnerships with other companies which share the same vision, in order to help build a safe, secure, efficient, and fair automotive society for people around the world.
– DENSO features technology for smarter mobility, living –
KARIYA (Japan) ―From a holographic haptic controller for vehicles, to collaborative robots for homes, DENSO will feature future-focused technologies designed for Smarter Mobility and Smarter Living at CES 2017. These innovative technologies will be demonstrated January 5-8 at the 2017 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in the North Hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC), Booth #5431.
Conceptual technologies being featured during the show include:
The first experience will feature DENSO’s V2X (vehicle to vehicle and vehicle to infrastructure) technology, where users will learn about managing traffic flow in a city environment. The game will demonstrate how V2X technology can help to manage complicated traffic situations, efficiently and safely.
The second experience focused on Manufacturing, will enable the player to help assemble a DENSO product. Users will experience the complexity of manufacturing and assembly and improve their understanding of the uses of robotics in manufacturing for safety sensitive tasks.
“Our goal is to develop technology that creates a better world,” said Doug Patton, executive vice president, Engineering, DENSO International America. “We are looking at ways that our technology and components can be used beyond the automobile—in agriculture, health care and the home.”
LONG BEACH, Calif. – DENSO Products and Services Americas, Inc., an affiliate of leading global automotive supplier DENSO Corp., has promoted David H. Williams to director of Original Equipment Sales (OES), Marketing and Strategic Planning. In the newly created position, Williams oversees all aspects of DENSO’s original equipment service sales, product development and original equipment service parts while continuing to manage the company’s Marketing and Strategic Planning departments.
“David Williams is a dynamic executive who has been instrumental in driving the sales growth of DENSO’s automotive aftermarket and commercial products,” said Joseph Mejaly, senior vice president of Operations, Sales, Strategic Planning and Marketing for DENSO Products and Services Americas. “His keen sense of the market and thorough knowledge of our products and the automotive industry have strengthened our company, and we look forward to his leadership in promoting our original equipment service product lines.”
Williams has played a key role in DENSO’s alignment of its global and North American aftermarket growth plans since he joined DENSO in 2013 as manager of the Strategic Planning Department. He was hired shortly after DENSO Corp. completed the reorganization that led to the formation of DENSO Products and Services Americas.
Williams was brought in to oversee the department’s daily operations, including development, evaluation and furtherance of the company sales, product strategies and key performance indicators. His responsibilities included collaborating with other DENSO entities to gain consensus on direction for achieving long-range goals.
In 2015, Williams was promoted to senior manager of Marketing and Strategic Planning, with oversight of the Marketing Department for the company’s independent aftermarket and non-automotive groups added to his duties. His recent promotion to director took effect Oct. 24.
Williams came to DENSO with 15 years of management experience in the automotive industry. Previously, he served as global business unit manager at Barksdale Controls, Inc., a subsidiary of Crane Co. Prior to working at Crane, Williams served as the truck product marketing manager at Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., Inc.
KARIYA (Japan) ― DENSO Corporation today announced that it and Imagination Technologies (LSE: IMG) (hereinafter “Imagination”), headquartered in Hertfordshire, UK, are undertaking joint research on hardware multithreading that enables a processor (CPU) to execute multiple processes concurrently. The companies agree that this technology can provide an advantage for next-generation in-vehicle electronic systems.
With recent developments in advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and automated driving technologies, various in-vehicle components and functions have been computerized to ensure integrated control, and many computers (electronic control units or ECUs) have been built into vehicles. In general, LSIs (large-scale integrated circuits, which are a type of semiconductor device) incorporate two or more CPUs, and so the required performance of CPUs has become increasingly complex.
Imagination develops and licenses intellectual property for semiconductor system-on-a-chip*1 devices (SoC IP cores), and has world-class multithreading technologies that are integrated into its MIPS CPUs. DENSO has decided to launch a joint research programme with Imagination in order to implement multithreading more efficiently for interconnections between ECUs in particular.
DENSO has been developing technologies and products to help create a society free from traffic accidents. Based on these technologies, DENSO will continue to contribute to building a safe and secure automotive society for all people around the world, not just for drivers and pedestrians.
*1: A design technique for integrated circuits to integrate necessary functions on semiconductor chips
― DENSO renews its partnership with NHRA for the 2017 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series ―
LONG BEACH, Calif. – Building on its successful partnership with the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA), DENSO Products and Services Americas, Inc. announces its return as title rights sponsor of next year’s DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals in Las Vegas. The weekend event will be held March 31-April 2, 2017, at The Strip at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
The DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals is the fourth of 24 races in the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Based on the tremendous response it has received as a supporting sponsor of the full 2016 circuit, DENSO is also proud to renew its sponsorship for the 2017 season.
“NHRA shares our values of excellence and innovation,” said Larry Fidance, manager of Marketing for DENSO Products and Services Americas, Inc., who announced the 2017 partnership with NHRA at the 2016 Automotive Products Expo (AAPEX) in Las Vegas. “We’re thrilled to build on our relationships with this outstanding organization and its teams to showcase DENSO sparks plugs as a championship product the pros rely on at the track and motorists depend on every day.”
DENSO spark plugs have powered top teams in nearly all of the drag racing classes throughout the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello series, which ends Nov. 10-13 with the NHRA Finals in Pomona, Calif. At every race, fans have flocked to the midway to purchase DENSO’s premium Iridium TT, Iridium Power and Iridium Racing spark plugs and learn more about the superior performance, durability and fuel economy of all DENSO spark plugs. Millions of automotive enthusiasts have also engaged with DENSO on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube during the season.
For nearly half a century, DENSO, a leading global automotive supplier, has sponsored world-class motor sports, including NHRA, NASCAR, Formula One, World Rally Championship and Super GT races. DENSO spark plugs, alternators, radiators and engine management systems are among the precision original equipment and replacement auto parts widely used by professional racing teams on every circuit around the globe.
From 100,000 miles to 150 mph, DENSO has spark plugs to meet the needs of every driver. For more information, visit http://densoautoparts.com/spark-plugs.
― Upgraded customer service website offers easier navigation and expands features ―
LONG BEACH, Calif. – DENSO Products and Services Americas, Inc., a division of leading global automotive supplier DENSO Corp., announced major upgrades to DENSOconnect.com that will make the customer service website easier to use, faster and more informative than ever. Due to launch in January 2017, the redesigned website’s enhancements include a simplified single login, multiple account access, improved catalog capability with sharper product photos, more convenient site navigation and customer service for all DENSO light-duty and heavy-duty automotive parts.
DENSOconnect.com’s new features also allow customers to bookmark pages within the site and get faster updates on their accounts. The new 2.0 platform will also allow us to expand the offering of services under DENSOconnect.com by adding additional modules, the first of these coming in the Spring of 2017.
“We’re thrilled to roll out DENSOconnect.com 2.0 and launch our new website that is easier and more efficient than ever for all our customers,” said Joseph Mejaly, senior vice president of Operations, Sales, Strategic Planning and Marketing for DENSO Products and Services Americas. “Time really is money, and saving our customers both reflects our commitment to quality, reliability and innovation.”
Available 24/7, DENSOconnect.com lets customers view all automotive parts by vehicle make, model and year, order stock and track delivery. The upgrades will allow DENSO to update product availability faster and make future improvements to its business-to-business e-commerce platform more quickly down the road.
Mejaly announced the new DENSOconnect.com website this week at the 2016 Automotive Aftermarket Vehicle (AAPEX) in Las Vegas. AAPEX is the premier trade show for the $356 billion global aftermarket industry. This year’s three-day event is expected to draw more than 160,000 automotive professionals – retailers, warehouse distributors, jobbers, technicians, buyers, industry leaders and innovators – from more than 140 countries.
For more information on the new DENSOconnect.com customer service website, as well as the company’s full line of aftermarket automotive products, visit the DENSO booth (#2226) near the entrance inside the main hall. Additional information about DENSO products and services is available at www.densoautoparts.com.
KARIYA (Japan)—The Korea Fair Trade Commission (the “KFTC”) announced today an order to rectify illegal conduct and impose a surcharge on certain automotive suppliers pursuant to the Monopoly Regulation and Fair Trade Act, in connection with sales of automotive compressors.
The KFTC’s announcement includes a 3,704 million won (approximately US$ 3.3 million) surcharge to DENSO Corporation.
Since DENSO has an objection to findings of the investigation and application of laws and regulations, it is planning to file a protest against the KFTC’s decision.
It is DENSO’s policy to comply with all applicable antimonopoly laws. Since learning of the investigation that was conducted at its U.S. subsidiary by the U.S. Department of Justice in February 2010, DENSO group companies have been taking various preventive measures, including implementing more stringent compliance rules, more enhanced compliance training and more meticulous compliance monitoring, in order to further ensure that they comply with all applicable antimonopoly laws. DENSO believes that it has remained in complete compliance with all antimonopoly laws.
DENSO is committed to compliance with all applicable antimonopoly laws around the world.
KARIYA (Japan) – DENSO Corporation today announced its global financial results for the first half of the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017:
“Despite the production volume increase and the growth in sales, DENSO’s revenue and operating profit decreased due to the appreciation of the yen,” said Koji Arima, president and CEO of DENSO Corporation.
In Japan, despite the impact of the exchange rate, the production volume increase led to an increase in revenue to 1,292.3 billion yen (US$12.8 billion), an 0.7 percent increase from the previous year. The impact of the exchange rate of export sales led to an operating profit of 52.6 billion yen (US$519.8 million), a 26.4 percent decrease from the previous year.
In North America, despite an increase in car production and sales expansion, boosted by the steady economic growth, impact of exchange rate led to a decrease in revenue to 516.6 billion yen (US$5.1 billion), a 7.3 percent decrease from the previous year. As a result of the increase in production volume, the operating profit totaled 29.5 billion yen (US$291.9 million), a 18.3 percent increase from the previous year.
In Europe, despite car production increase and sales expansion due to the moderate recovery of the market , impact of exchange rate led to a decrease in revenue to 280.2 billion yen (US$2.8 billion), an 5.1 percent decrease from the previous year. As a result of the increase in production volume, the operating profit totaled to 9.3 billion yen (US$92.5 million), a 50.9 percent increase from the previous year.
In Asia, despite the increase of car production and sales expansion, impact of exchange rate resulted in a revenue decrease of 539.3 billion yen (US$5.3 billion), a 6.3 percent decrease from the previous year. As a result of the increase in production volume, an operating profit totaled 46.1 billion yen (US$456.1 million), a 9.1 percent increase from the previous year.
In other areas, mainly the South American region, including Brazil and Argentina, revenue totaled 30.5 billion yen (US$301.9 million), an 5.4 percent decrease from the previous year. The operating profit totaled 1.7 billion yen (US$17.1 million).
“Considering the market trend, we have decided to revise the original forecasts for the full-year financial results,” said Arima.(Foreign exchange rates used for the full-year are: US$= 105 yen, Euro= 117 yen)
Forecast for Fiscal Year Ending March 31, 2017
4,400.0 billion yen
4,380.0 billion yen
284.0 billion yen
290.0 billion yen
Profit before income taxes
310.0 billion yen
310.0 billion yen
Profit attributable to owners of the parent company
203.0 billion yen
204.0 billion yen
The above forecasts are created based on the information obtained by the date of this announcement and the actual results may differ due to various causes in the future.
U.S. dollar amounts have been translated, for convenience only, at the rate of 101.12 yen = US$1, the approximate exchange rate prevailing in the Tokyo Foreign Exchange Market September 30, 2016. Billion is used in the American sense of one thousand million.
– Accelerating the development of technology to help achieve advanced driver assistance and automated driving –
KARIYA and TOKYO (Japan) ― DENSO Corporation and Toshiba Corporation have reached a basic agreement to jointly develop an artificial intelligence technology called Deep Neural Network-Intellectual Property (DNN-IP), which will be used in image recognition systems which have been independently developed by the two companies to help achieve advanced driver assistance and automated driving technologies.
DNN, an algorithm modeled after the neural networks of the human brain, is expected to perform recognition processing as accurately as, or even better than the human brain. To achieve automated driving, automotive computers need to be able to identify different road traffic situations including a variety of obstacles and road markings, availability of road space for driving, and potentially dangerous situations. In image recognition based on conventional pattern recognition and machine learning, objects that need to be recognized by computers must be characterized and extracted in advance.
In DNN-based image recognition, computers can extract and learn the characteristics of objects on their own, thus significantly improving the accuracy of detection and identification of a wide range of objects.
Because of the rapid progress in DNN technology, the two companies plan to make the technology flexibly extendable to various network configurations. They will also make the technology able to be implemented on in-vehicle processors that are smaller, consume less power, and feature other optimizations.
DENSO has been developing DNN-IP for in-vehicle applications. By accelerating the process to commercialize DNN-IP through the joint development and incorporating DNN-IP in in-vehicle cameras, DENSO will develop high-performance, advanced driver assistance and automated driving systems, and continue to contribute to building a safe and secure automotive society for people around the world, not just for drivers and pedestrians.
In addition to its conventional image processing technologies, Toshiba will partition this jointly developed DNN-IP technology into dedicated hardware components and implement them on its in-vehicle image recognition processors to improve their image processing performance and enable them to process images using less power than image processing systems with digital signal processors (DSPs) or graphics processing units (GPUs).
KARIYA (Japan) ― DENSO Corporation will exhibit at the 23rd World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems, which will be held in Melbourne, Australia, October 10 – 14. The theme of DENSO’s exhibition at the conference this year is “DENSO’s advanced driver assistance and automated driving technologies to provide safer driver assistance.”
DENSO is developing advanced driver assistance system and automated driving technologies in *five key function areas and will present its goal in each of the functions as well as the technologies and products that DENSO is developing to achieve them. Moreover, DENSO will exhibit a simulator that enables visitors to experience its technology that can estimate the driver’s tension level based on how the driver is using the accelerator pedal. DENSO is working on this futuristic technology that will be used to detect the state of the driver and for other applications.
DENSO is developing technologies and products to help create a society free from road traffic accidents. Based on these, DENSO will continue to build a safe automotive society for all people around the world, not just for drivers and pedestrians.
* Five strategic areas and their exhibits
|SensingUsing various types of sensors around the vehicle to precisely monitor the surrounding area even in a harsh environment||Millimeter-wave radar sensors and vision sensors help realize active safety systems including an adaptive cruise control system and an autonomous emergency braking system|
|Forecast AbilityDetermining the position of the vehicle, which lane the vehicle is traveling in, and what is happening on the road ahead||ADAS locator that uses Global Navigation Satellite System（GNSS) location information and images taken by a camera with high–accuracy map data to determine which lane the vehicle is traveling inOn-board V2X equipment to enable vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication|
|Connection to DriverDetermining the state of the driver and informing the driver of information detected by the vehicle||Driver status monitor to determine the driver’s face direction, eye-opening degree, and other characteristics|
|Fail OperationalFail-operation system to prepare for unexpected situations||2-Drive Electric Power Steering (EPS), which has two independent power assist systems to maintain steering power assistance for smooth driving if by some remote chance either one of them malfunctions|
|Cyber SecurityMulti-layered security to protect the vehicle from the threat of information hacks||Information security system with four layers of security to protect the vehicle from cyber-attacks|
【Five key functions】
President Kato, Gary Price and Eric Brown from the AOES department attended the Toyota National Dealer meeting at the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas on September 7, 2016. More than 5,000 people from 1,250 Toyota dealerships attended the annual meeting. DPAM was there to announce the launch of our new radiator and condenser program in January.
DPAM President Kato with Jan and Mariela, actors in the Toyota television commercials
As we come to close of the second quarter of our fiscal year, it is time to look back at our results. In the first quarter we struggled and met only 96 percent of our Annual Sales Plan (ASP). However in the second quarter, we have made up significant ground to pull within 2 percentage points of our targeted goals for the first half of the year, provided we close out September at plan. If this occurs, it will be the first time since 2013 that we have met our sales plan for three consecutive months. We are presently running 7 percent ahead of last year’s results, outpacing market growth by more than 4 percent. We have seen strong sales efforts from our MovinCool, Robotics, HD OEM, National Accounts Retail and Traditional Aftermarket teams, which has allowed them to meet their ASP targets through August. This strong sales performance comeback could not have been accomplished without the great assistance of each and every associate here at DPAM. On behalf of the Sales organization, I offer our thanks to the entire DPAM team for your efforts. They have allowed us to reach our recent revenue and financial goals.
I would like to bring you up to speed on the changes occurring in one of the markets we serve.
In the automotive aftermarket, we have seen continued consolidation of distributors and alignment of our Buying Groups with each other and Global Trading Groups. One of the most interesting changes is being driven by Carl Icahn, who, as his name suggests, is an icon in the investment community. In the past few months we have seen the emergence of a vertically integrated major account being formed by his Icahn Enterprises Holdings (IEH) Auto Parts LLC and Icahn Enterprises LP.
IEH Auto Parts, formerly known as Uni-Select USA Inc., has recently acquired Pep Boys, Automotive Electrical Distributors Inc., Hillsborough Auto Parts Inc. and Leicester Auto Parts. These actions give IEH a nationwide distribution footprint. IEH’s sister company, Icahn Enterprises LP, is in the process of acquiring 100 percent of Federal-Mogul Holdings Corp., a DPAM competitor in the spark plug (Champion) and wiper blade (ANCO) areas. These actions open marketplace opportunities for DPAM. We have never sold directly to Pep Boys due to their financial situation, but now we have opportunities. We also have major distribution channels looking for alternatives to Federal-Mogul product lines due to this vertical action. We must look at these changes in the marketplace as opportunities and be prepared to realize the potential for DPAM. We need a collaborative team to seize these opportunities as they present themselves in the market.
“All for One and One for All”
It has been nearly a year since Mr. Kato gave us this motto to assist us in our daily endeavors. If we reflect on the ways that we had been operating prior to his taking the helm, the need for change was apparent. We were not acting interdependently to achieve our goals. In many cases, we were at odds with each other. I am happy to see us moving in the direction of greater collaboration. We must keep this in the forefront of our thoughts at all times since it is easy to fall back into our old ways.
Thank you once again for your continued efforts. Let’s all be Musketeers!
The first graduates of DENSO Products and Services Americas’ DKI program celebrate completion of the one-year training course. DKI, which stands for DENSO Knowledge Intensive Staff Innovation, uses practical hands-on activities to improve workplace communication, promote teamwork and develop a deeper understanding of different cultural and business practices among associates to achieve common goals. DPAM will continue to offer DKI training to new groups of associates.
At DENSO, productivity and teamwork have always gone hand in hand. To strengthen that bond, DENSO Japan launched a training program called DKI, which stands for DENSO Knowledge Intensive Staff Innovation. DPAM President Haruhiko Kato brought DKI to Long Beach, and the first class of 18 associates completed the one-year program in September.
Associates from DPAM’s Automotive Aftermarket PMG groups participated in DPAM’s inaugural DKI class. Associates from the Heavy Duty, AOES and PMG groups are in the current class.
“DKI brings together associates from all levels of the organization to foster more effective collaboration,” said John Doran, senior manager of Product Planning. “The training cultivates better planning, communication and a deeper understanding of how harnessing our collective knowledge, skills and experience yields the best results.”
Managers and staff use real projects to hone their communication skills and work more cooperatively for the benefit of the organization, the group and each member. The course focuses on breaking down barriers and developing a shared ownership of possibilities and solutions.
DPAM is on track to expand DKI training opportunities. For more information, contact the HR and PMG departments. Other DENSO affiliates also offer the training.
Our Healthy Horizon’s “Step Ahead” Challenge continues. This is a friendly reminder to start your week right by walking as much as possible!
The “Step Ahead” Challenge is a 4 week individual challenge that aims to increase the number of steps taken each day. The goal is to log a total of 100,000 steps within the duration of the challenge to earn 25 Healthy Horizon Points.
Log in to your account at www.DENSOHealthyHorizons.com or call Viverae at 1-888-VIVERAE to track your progress.
Check out more 2016 Healthy Horizons Program Year information here —>Link
― Award honors excellence in commercials, promotional films and online videos ―
LONG BEACH, Calif. – DENSO Products and Services Americas, Inc., a division of leading global automotive supplier DENSO Corp., has earned three 2016 Telly Awards for its online video that launched PowerEdge, DENSO’s series of high-amp alternators developed for medium- and heavy-duty commercial trucks. Created for DENSO by the IMW Agency, an advertising and public relations firm based in Costa Mesa, Calif., the PowerEdge video earned Bronze Telly Awards foronline commercial videos in three categories: automotive, copywriting and lighting.
The Annual Telly Awards honor television commercials and programs, video and film productions, online commercials, videos and films. Winners represent the best work of advertising agencies, production companies, television stations and corporate video departments around the globe.
“It’s an outstanding video about an outstanding product,” said Frank Jenkins, senior manager of DENSO’s Commercial andHeavy Duty Marketing Group. “This piece has had tremendous impact on PowerEdge sales, and we’re thrilled the media and advertising industry have recognized its exceptional quality.”
The 2:51-minute video showcases the PowerEdge with a narrative, guitar riff and camera angles that convey the product’s strength and reliability. Launched in 2015, PowerEdge alternators are uniquely designed to meet the higher electrical requirements and increased battery loads of the most powerful trucks on the road today. Weighing an average of 10 pounds less than competitors, PowerEdge is also the smallest and lightest alternator on the market. The product has an unmatched durability rating of more than 400,000 miles.
The 37th Annual Telly Awards were announced in June. Judges considered more than 12,000 entries from all 50 states and five continents. For more information on the DENSO PowerEdge alternator, visit http://densoheavyduty.com/alternators/poweredge-alternators.
― Winners include Andrew Hines, who leads the top 10 in Pro Stock Motorcycle ―
LONG BEACH, Calif. – Riding on DENSO spark plugs, Pro Stock Motorcycle driver Andrew Hines enters the Countdown to the Championship ranked No. 1 after racing to victory at the NHRA’s Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis. The six-day event extended through the Labor Day weekend at the Lucas Oil Raceway, home of the world’s oldest andmost prestigious drag race, to close out the 18-race regular season of the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.
Hines locked up his final in 6.862 seconds at 194.63 mph. Other weekend winners racing on DENSO spark plugs were Jeff Lopez, who captured the Stock Eliminator trophy in 9.395 seconds, and Tommy Phillips, who bested the Super Gas field with a 9.973-second run in the final.
“DENSO is thrilled to be part of the action as the series advances to the Countdown to the Championship,” said LarryFidance, manager of Marketing for DENSO Products and Services Americas, Inc. “It’s exciting that DENSO has powered so many drivers to the top 10 in their class.”
As the series enters the six-race playoffs that make up the Countdown to the Championship, Hines leads the Pro Stock Motorcycle pack with a total of 2110 points. Other leaders powered by DENSO spark plugs include the top three drivers in the Pro Stock class: Jason Line, Greg Anderson and Bo Butner.
Fans may still enter the DENSO2Win NHRA Sweepstakes for the chance to win an exclusive trip for two to the NHRA Finals, Nov. 10-13, in Pomona, Calif. The prize includes round-trip airfare from anywhere in the continental U.S., a three-day, four-night hotel stay, tickets to the 2016 NHRA Finals, and VIP access to the NHRA drivers. The deadline to enter is Oct. 16.DENSO is a supporting sponsor of the entire series.
At every race, DENSO welcomes fans to its display on the midway to learn more about and purchase DENSO’s premium Iridium TT, Iridium Power and Iridium Racing spark plugs. DENSO is also posting its own race and product updates on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube throughout the series. In early April, DENSO served as the title sponsor at the 17th annual DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals in Las Vegas.
For nearly half a century, DENSO, a leading global automotive supplier, has sponsored world-class motor sports, including NHRA, NASCAR, Formula One, World Rally Championship and Super GT races. DENSO spark plugs, alternators, radiators and engine management systems are among the precision original equipment and replacement auto parts widely used by professional racing teams on every circuit around the globe.
More information on DENSO spark plugs, as well as DENSO’s comprehensive lines of auto parts, is available at retail stores, wholesale distributors and www.densoautoparts.com. The DENSO website is also designed for easy mobile access by smartphone and tablet.
KARIYA (Japan) ― In an effort to deepen and advance its knowledge in artificial intelligence, DENSO has entered into a technical advisory contract with one of the world’s foremost researchers in computer vision, Carnegie Mellon UniversityProfessor Dr. Takeo Kanade. Through this contract, DENSO is looking to advance its artificial intelligence technology and expand its engineering expertise in the areas of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), autonomous drive, and the Internet of Things (IoT).
Dr. Kanade, a U.A. and Helen Whitaker University Professor of Robotics and Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon will provide technical guidance to DENSO engineers on image recognition and machine learning, and will also speak at lectures and seminars organized by DENSO for a variety of purposes, such as recruiting, relationship building, etc. These activities will be held mostly in Japan.
Dr. Kanade and DENSO have worked together from 2002-2009 on a joint research of image recognition technology. In addition, he has been a lecturer of DENSO’s high talent program organized by DENSO E&TS Training Center.
DENSO expects to use artificial intelligence technology in more areas of its business. Currently, it uses machine learning in its sensing technologies and applies them to its sensing products.
DENSO has developed technologies and products to help create a society free from road traffic accidents. Based on its accumulated technologies, DENSO will continue to contribute to building a safe and secure automotive society for all people around the world, not just for drivers and pedestrians.
About Dr. Kanade:
Dr. Kanade works in multiple areas of robotics: computer vision, multi-media, manipulators, autonomous mobile robots, medical robotics and sensors. He has written more than 400 technical papers and reports in these areas, and holds more than 20 patents. He has been the principal investigator of more than a dozen major vision and robotics projects at Carnegie Mellon.
Profile of Professor Takeo Kanade
NEC C&C Award, Joseph Engelberger Award, Japan Robot Association (JARA) Award, Japan Society of Artificial Intelligence (JSAI) Career Achievement Award, Otto Franc Award, Marr Prize Award, Benjamin Franklin Institute Medal and Bower Award, IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV) Azriel Rosenfeld Lifetime Achievement Award
Okawa Prize from the Okawa Foundation for Information and Telecommunications, IEEE Robots and Automation Society Pioneer Award, Kyoto Prize
LONG BEACH, Calif. — DENSO ADC, the Americas sales arm of DENSO Wave Incorporated, inventor of the QR Code®,announced a new BHT-1281 hand-held wireless UHF RFID terminal.
The lightweight yet rugged, drop-resistant device features ultra high-speed scanning of RFID tags, simultaneous scanning of multiple tags, scanning in 360 degrees, and scanning of tags facing in different directions. When compared to scanning barcodes, working time is reduced by up to ninety percent or more.
A high-power, one-watt antenna allows the BHT-1281 to scan standard RFID tags at a
best-in-class distance of 16 feet or more, significantly improving efficiency when scanning products on high shelves.
“Our BHT-1281 RFID terminal offers outstanding performance in a cost-effective package,” said David Keller, sales manager, DENSO ADC. “It’s another way we’re increasing our customers’ productivity while providing them with highest value and lowest cost of ownership.”
A comfortable pistol-grip handle makes the BHT-1281 easy to use for long work sessions. Dual extended-range batteries enable continuous scanning for eight hours or more.
Communications capabilities include wireless LAN and Bluetooth. An optional device cradle enables wired connection to a PC via Ethernet, USB or RS-232C.
For more information, visit www.denso-adc.com/products/rfid.
LONG BEACH, Calif. – DENSO Product and Services Americas announces an agreement with Tiffin Motorhomes to supply RV dashair-conditioning (AC) systems for installation in Tiffin’s entire line of Class A motorhomes. This announcement is a result of a strategic partnership established with Tiffin over the last year.
The DENSO products being installed into Tiffin Motorhomes include a completely integrated Heating, Ventilation Air Conditioning (HVAC) system and dash control panel for streamlined assembly. The units are 35 percent smaller than previous units and are significantly better in cooling, heating and defroster performance. This gives Tiffin another significant feature to promote in the highly competitive motorhome market.
“The new DENSO AC dash system is ‘Built to Exceed’ and is designed to reinforce Tiffin Motorhome’s focus on customer satisfaction. Tiffin has been known for its product innovations, many of which come directly from the voice of their customers. DENSO’s new dash A/C system features a sophisticated electronic multiple-zone climate control module and state-of-the-art air filtration and servomotors for optimal performance and comfort,” explained Frank Jenkins, Senior Manager of Heavy Duty Group at DENSO Products and Services Americas.
More information on DENSO Commercial products can be found at densoheavyduty.com or contact your authorized DENSO distributor.
About Tiffin MotorHomes:
Tiffin is one of the nation’s leading manufacturers of Class A motorhomes. Since August of 1972, the family owned business has endeavored to build a quality motorhome, while offering superior customer service. And this goal remains the focus of the three generations working at Tiffin Motorhomes.
Tiffin Motorhomes is always searching for innovative ways to improve their products. While these innovations are often discovered through research and development at their plants, customer feedback is also taken seriously. Customer appreciation is why Tiffin Motorhomes stands by the motto: “Ask Someone Who Owns One.” Tiffin Motorhomes consistently strives to surpass industry standards for design, reliability, quality, and warranty. Tiffin Motorhomes are truly “Made To Move You.”
MARYVILLE, TN ― Last year, DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee, Inc. (DMTN) announced a $400 million investment to expand manufacturing lines, which would result in the creation of 500 new jobs. Today, the company broke ground on a keyportion of this investment – a 186,528 square foot consolidated warehouse, located on its Maryville, Tenn. campus. The warehouse is due to be complete by October 2017.
The new warehouse allows DMTN to consolidate its various warehouse operations in the Maryville area and free upmanufacturing space that can be used to produce products, such as head-up displays, instrument clusters and electronic control units.
“As we continue to expand, we also renew our commitment to serve our customers with our best efforts and to make important new contributions to the economic well-being of Blount County, East Tennessee and the region as whole,” said Jack Helmboldt, President and CEO of the company.
Due to the creation of 500 new jobs, DENSO is currently hiring for team members in Production, Logistics, and Maintenance. Also currently needed are experienced production leaders as well as a variety of professional positions.Anyone interested in applying for a position at DENSO should visit http://www.densocareers.com/.
Free resource helps buyers evaluate the true cost of ownership to get the best value
LONG BEACH, Calif. — MovinCool, a brand of DENSO Corp., the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial spot air conditioners, has published a guide to help buyers make the most of their money when investing in portable cooling solutions for the workplace. The white paper, “Portable Spot Air Conditioners: Determining Total Cost of Ownership,” explains what buyers need to know to comparison shop for the best value.
“This easy-to-read report gives prospective buyers the information they need before they commit valuable resources,” said MovinCool Sales Manager David Keller. “As the manufacturer that pioneered spot air conditioners to meet the cooling needs of our own automotive parts factories, we’re eager to share our expertise.”
Getting the best value starts with quality. A well-built spot air conditioner requires no maintenance other than a periodic cleaning, is easy to install, and offers years of trouble-free service. Some lower-priced brands have inaccurate capacity ratings leading to higher electricity bills, frequent repairs and a shorter life span of the unit. The cost of owning the lower-priced unit soon skyrockets due to the mounting expenses.
“Quality is crucial,” Keller said. “Our guide includes a comprehensive checklist of what details to look for to ensure buyers are getting a reliable unit and not one prone to failures, repairs and lost productivity that drives up costs.”
Quality equipment also comes with an extended warranty that covers parts and labor. Dependable service that includes on-site repairs is another sign buyers are getting the best deal.
To download a PDF of “Portable Spot Air Conditioners: Determining Total Cost of Ownership,” visit: www.movincool.com/total-cost. For complete information on all MovinCool products, including climate control units with heating and cooling functions, visit www.movincool.com.
MovinCool, a pioneer of workspace spot cooling since the 1980s, offers portable and ceiling-mount air conditioningsystems for many different office, information technology and industrial applications. MovinCool’s industry-leading warranty covers parts and labor on the entire unit for three years.
— Grant will train current and future employees preparing for higher-skilled, higher-paying jobs —
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. – Global auto supplier DENSO announced today an investment in the future –
more than US$37 million in machinery and equipment to expand automation at its DENSO Manufacturing Michigan, Inc. (DMMI) manufacturing facility in Battle Creek. The investment supports localization of component manufacturing for several customers. TheMichigan Strategic Fund (MSF) also awarded DENSO a performance-based grant for up to $687,500 to train current and future employees preparing for higher skilled jobs. The grant will also provide funds for English as a second language (ESL) training with a manufacturing focus that DMMI will create and share with the community.
“The jobs DENSO offers today are significantly different than when we started production in Battle Creek 30 years ago,” said Andris Staltmanis, DMMI President. “We are excited to make this investment to train and prepare our current and future employees for thesehigher-skilled, higher-paying, sustainable jobs. This is a critical step to help DENSO stay competitive and we appreciate the support from the Michigan Strategic Fund.”
DMMI has created 300 Lead Associate positions, a new, skills-based production job designed to support their next generation product manufacturing. MSF funding, combined with a $125,000 training and relocation incentive from Battle Creek Unlimited, will support both on-site training classes and formal instruction at Kellogg Community College. Lead Associates receive more than 130 hours of formal instruction in addition to extensive on-the-job training.
“In addition to Lead Associate training, DMMI is excited to develop and share ESL training designed for manufacturing careers,” Staltmanis said. “Helping our ESL employees be more successful on the job will open pathways for them to move up in the company and realize their potential.”
Manufacturing-focused ESL curriculum will also benefit the community through partnerships with local cultural and educational institutions who will be invited to use and adapt the materials.
“A more educated community reaps benefits beyond where the employee works,” Staltmanis said. “DENSO is the largest manufacturing operation in Battle Creek, but our partners in the Fort Custer Industrial Park and other areas will also be able to access this specialized information to benefit their workforce and the broader community.”
DMMI is planning to hire 125 employees as a part of the investment and training initiative. A job fair to fill more than 60 open direct hire manufacturing and skilled trades positions will be held on Saturday, July 30 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at their Battle Creek facility. For more information, visit http://goo.gl/upq0Ag.
DENSO Manufacturing Michigan, Inc. (DMMI) is the lead production facility for DENSO’s Thermal Systems North American Center (TAC) and the largest employer in Battle Creek. DMMI manufactures automotive air conditioning and engine cooling components and systems, including condensers, radiators, CRFMs (condenser, radiator, and fan modules), heater cores, evaporators and HVAC units .The DMMI campus in Battle Creek comprises more than 1,380,000 square feet of manufacturing, warehouse and administrative floor space in 6 buildings on over 100 acres of land, and is the largest facility in Fort Custer Industrial Park.
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – In an effort to advance vehicle cybersecurity protections, global automotive supplier DENSO joined the Automotive Information Sharing and Analysis Center (Auto-ISAC) in June as a Tier 1 supplier member.
“DENSO is committed to protecting lives by making cars safer and more reliable,” said Roger Berg, vice president, North America Research and Development, DENSO International America, Inc. “Our Auto-ISAC membership helps us to continue in that mission by collaborating with automotive OEMs and suppliers to share meaningful information about cyber-attack vulnerability and recovery strategies. Our expertise in connected vehicles and the technologies that make them work will help us aid customers in ensuring asecure driving environment.”
Auto-ISAC was formed in July 2015 in a collective effort by the auto industry to establish a secure platform for sharing, tracking and analyzing intelligence about cyber threats and potential vulnerabilities. It was modeled after similar programs in the aviation and financial industries.
The Auto-ISAC operates as a central hub that allows members to anonymously submit and receive information to help them more effectively counter cyber threats in real time. Currently, Auto-ISAC members account for more than 99 percent of light-duty vehicles on the road in North America.
In addition, as a global automotive industry leader, DENSO supports advanced research and development activities in technological innovation, with key focus areas of cyber security, big data and autonomous driving.
― Commendation for development of clean diesel technologies ―
KARIYA (Japan) ― The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) awarded DENSO
the IEEE Medal for Environmental and Safety Technologies for being the first company in the world to commercialize an electronically controlled injection system (diesel common rail), which has made a significant contribution to the spread of clean diesel vehicles. Theaward ceremony was held in New York on Saturday, June 18, 2016, and was accepted by Executive Vice President Masahiko Miyakiand Executive Directors’ Yukihiro Shinohara and Katsuhiko Takeuchi.
In 1995, DENSO became the first company in the world to mass-produce an electronically controlled fuel injection system that achieved high-pressure and multistage injection. The common rail system significantly improved emissions, which helped change people’s negative perception of diesel vehicles being “dirty.”
Notably, the common rail system helped expand the market share of diesel passenger cars in Europe. In 2013, DENSO developed and mass-produced a system that achieved ultra-high pressure injection of 250 MPa making emissions cleaner than ever before. Prior to this, in 2012, DENSO became the first company in the world to mass-produce the i-ART (intelligent Accuracy Refinement Technology)system. A pressure sensor is built into the fuel injector to measure the injection pressure on a real-time basis and control the timing and injection volume for each injector, helping increase fuel efficiency and reduce the amount of hazardous substances in the emissions.
DENSO will continue its efforts to increase fuel injection pressure and accuracy in order to meet the increasingly strict emission regulations around the world and the growing need for higher fuel efficiency. Furthermore, DENSO will deliver products that meet the regional needs of its customers around the world.
About the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers:
Headquartered in the U.S., IEEE is the largest organization in the world that specializes in the electrical and electronics field. It mainly serves as an engineering institute and as an industrial technology standardization organization.
About IEEE Medal for Environmental and Safety Technologies
An IEEE Medal is awarded to researchers, engineers, or teams (who are selected by IEEE each year) who have significantly contributed to technology innovations and the development of businesses and industries. An IEEE Medal for Environmental and Safety Technologies is awarded for outstanding accomplishments in the fields of the environment and safety.