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DENSO Develops EGR Valve Unit

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KARIYA, Japan – Global automotive supplier DENSO has developed an exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) valve unit, a major component of EGR systems that helps make diesel engine emissions cleaner. The new unit, the first in the world to integrate an air intake throttle valve and an EGR valve, is half the size of conventional models and requires fewer components, thus reducing costs. The unit will be installed in a diesel passenger vehicle to be sold in Europe from later this year.

Reducing size
Conventionally, air intake throttle valves and EGR valves were separately installed to vehicles. The air intake throttle valve controls the amount of air entering the engine and the EGR valve controls the amount of exhaust gas to be recirculated into the engine. By integrating the two valves into one unit, DENSO combined the ducts and reduced the connectors, resulting to reducing the size to half compared to previous models. As the EGR system needs to be installed in a limited space close to the engine, a smaller system enables automakers to design engines more flexibility.

Reducing cost
Conventionally, a motor for valve opening and closing, paired with a sensor to detect the valve opening and closing angle, were needed for both the air intake throttle valve and EGR valve. However, DENSO’s new unit, which integrates the two valves, needs only one motor and one sensor, thus reducing the cost.

Flexible to meet various engine parameters
The air intake throttle valve and EGR valve are connected through a highly flexible coupling (cam-link mechanism), allowing the new unit to be applied to various engine parameters, including displacement and output, merely by changing the shape of the connection between the two valves (cam profile).

About diesel engine EGR systems
The diesel engine EGR system, which consists of an EGR valve, an air intake throttle valve, and an EGR cooler, recirculates a portion of the exhaust gas into the engine to lower the combustion temperature and hence reduce emissions of oxides of nitrogen (NOx). With the introduction of stricter exhaust emission regulations worldwide, including Euro 6 standards in Europe, this system has attracted much attention.

The main type of EGR system used today is the high pressure loop (HPL) EGR system where the exhaust gas to be recirculated is taken from an upstream section of the exhaust passage. However, this system has a disadvantage: diverting a fraction of the exhaust gas before the turbocharger that uses exhaust gas energy to force extra air into the engine reduces the amount of exhaust gas energy which can be used by the turbocharger, which makes it difficult for the forced induction device to produce high power. Therefore, the combination of a high pressure loop EGR with low pressure loop (LPL) EGR that takes the exhaust gas to be recirculated from a downstream section of the exhaust passage, is expected to be widely used in the future.

DENSO developments
DENSO has been mass-producing its first EGR valves used in LPL EGR systems since February 2011. It has also been mass-producing LPL EGR systems with a separate air intake throttle valve and EGR valve since November 2012. DENSO’s new EGR valve unit is designed for LPL EGR systems. DENSO will continue to develop products and technologies to improve the environmental performance of diesel vehicles

DENSO Corporation, headquartered in Kariya, Aichi prefecture, Japan, is a leading global automotive supplier of advanced technology, systems and components in the areas of thermal, powertrain control, electronics and information and safety. Its customers include all the world’s major carmakers. Worldwide, the company has more than 200 subsidiaries and affiliates in 36 countries and regions (including Japan) and employs more than 130,000 people. Consolidated global sales for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013, totaled US$38.1 billion. Last fiscal year, DENSO spent 9.4 percent of its global consolidated sales on research and development. DENSO common stock is traded on the Tokyo and Nagoya stock exchanges. For more information, go to www.globaldenso.com.

Currently, in North America, DENSO employs more than 17,000 people at 32 consolidated companies and affiliates. Of these, 28 are manufacturing facilities located in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. In the U.S. alone, DENSO employs more than 11,000 people in California, Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Iowa, Ohio, and Arkansas. DENSO’s North American consolidated sales totaling US$6.8 billion for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013.

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DENSO to Rename Its Three Manufacturing Companies in Japan

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KARIYA (Japan) – DENSO Corporation will rename its three manufacturing companies in Japan; DENSO Electronics Corporation to DENSO Hokkaido Corporation, DENSO Manufacturing Kitakyushu Co., Ltd. to DENSO Kyushu Corporation and DENSO East Japan Corporation to DENSO Fukushima Corporation. The new names for each company will represent its location more clearly, to gain further trust and understanding from customers, partners and communities in each region. The changes will be effective from April 1, 2014.

DENSO Electronics Corporation manufactures automotive semiconductor products in Hokkaido, DENSO Manufacturing Kitakyushu Co., Ltd. manufactures automotive air conditioning systems, diesel fuel injections systems and AT control units in Fukuoka, and Hiroshima, and DENSO East Japan Corporation manufactures automotive air conditioning systems in Fukushima.

The three companies have held its shareholder’s meeting in December 2013, and completed the alteration of memorandum. New company names will be as follows.

Current company name > New company name
DENSO Electronics Corporation > DENSO Hokkaido Corporation
DENSO Manufacturing Kitakyushu Co., Ltd. > DENSO Kyushu Corporation
DENSO East Japan Corporation > DENSO Fukushima Corporation

Profile of DENSO Electronics Corporation
1. Company name: DENSO Electronics Corporation
2. Location: 1007-195 Izumisawa, Chitose, Hokkaido (Chitose Airport Industrial Complex)
3. Managing Director: Masakazu Sugimoto
4. Establishment: April 2007
5. Capital: 2.6 billion yen (approximately US$25.2 million)
6. Ownership: DENSO Corporation 100%
7. Employees: 852 (as of February 2014)
8. Business description: Production of automotive semiconductor products

Profile of DENSO Manufacturing Kitakyushu Co., Ltd.
1. Company name: DENSO Manufacturing Kitakyushu Co., Ltd.
2. Location: Headquarters: 5-4-1 Honjo, Yahatanishi-ward, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture
Hiroshima Plant: 2-5-1 Kamisenominami, Aki-ward, Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture
3. President: Yoshitaka Asano
4. Establishment: August 2005
5. Capital: 6.01 billion yen (approximately US$58.4 million)
6. Ownership: DENSO Corporation 100%
7. Employees: 1,255 (as of February 2014)
8. Business description: Production of car automotive air conditioning system, diesel fuel injections systems, AT control units

Profile of DENSO East Japan Corporation
1. Company name: DENSO East Japan Corporation
2. Location: 26, Koyodai, Funahiki-machi, Tamura, Fukushima Prefecture
3. President: Tadafumi Okada
4. Establishment: April 2008
5. Capital: 1.6 billion yen (approximately US$15.5 million)
6. Ownership: DENSO Corporation:100%
7. Employees: 123 (as of February 2014)
8. Business description: Production of automotive air conditioning systems

*Exchange rate used is 102.86 yen to the US one dollar at the end of January 2014 for convenience only.

DENSO Corporation, headquartered in Kariya, Aichi prefecture, Japan, is a leading global automotive supplier of advanced technology, systems and components in the areas of thermal, powertrain control, electronics and information and safety. Its customers include all the world’s major carmakers. Worldwide, the company has more than 200 subsidiaries and affiliates in 36 countries and regions (including Japan) and employs more than 130,000 people. Consolidated global sales for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013, totaled US$38.1 billion. Last fiscal year, DENSO spent 9.4 percent of its global consolidated sales on research and development. DENSO common stock is traded on the Tokyo and Nagoya stock exchanges. For more information, go to www.globaldenso.com.

Currently, in North America, DENSO employs more than 17,000 people at 32 consolidated companies and affiliates. Of these, 28 are manufacturing facilities located in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. In the U.S. alone, DENSO employs more than 11,000 people in California, Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Iowa, Ohio, and Arkansas. DENSO’s North American consolidated sales totaling US$6.8 billion for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013.

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DENSO Announces Third-quarter Financial Results

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KARIYA (Japan) – DENSO Corporation today announced its third quarter global financial results for the nine months ending Dec. 31, 2013:

– Consolidated net sales totaled 3,016.6 billion yen (US$28.8 billion), a 17.4 percent increase from the previous year.
– Consolidated operating income totaled 289.9 billion yen (US$2.8 billion), a 54.2 percent increase from the previous year.
– Consolidated net income totaled 225.6 billion yen (US$2.2 billion), a 72.5 percent increase from the previous year.

”The sales and operating income increased due to an increase in car production mainly in North America, in addition to the impact of the weak yen,” said Kenichiro Ito, executive director of DENSO Corporation.

In Japan, although car production level was the same as the previous year, the increase of export sales and the effect of the weak yen led to an increase in sales to 2,020.0 billion yen (US$19.3 billion), an 11.1 percent increase from the previous year. Also, despite an increase mainly in R&D expenses, the increase in production volume and the currency exchange gain, in addition to the cost reduction effort, led to an operating income of 220.1 billion yen (US$2.1 billion), a 75.6 percent increase from the previous year.

In North America, an increase in car production and the impact of the weak yen led to an increase in sales to 599.8 billion yen (US$5.7 billion), a 33.2 percent increase from the previous year. As a result of the increase in production volume, the operating income totaled 11.7 billion yen (US$111.3 million), a 26.3 percent increase from the previous year.

In Europe, the gradual recovery from the economic slump and the effect of the weak yen led to an increase in sales to 355.7 billion yen (US$3.4 billion), a 37.1 percent increase from the previous year. As a result of the increase in production volume, the operating income totaled 6.5 billion yen (US$61.6 million), a 687.7 percent increase from the previous year.

In Asia and Oceania, the increase in car production mainly in China and the effect of the weak yen resulted in a sales increase to 707.7 billion yen (US$6.7 billion), a 30.9 percent increase from the previous year. Despite an increase in labor costs, the increase in production volume and the currency exchange gain led to an operating income of 58.6 billion yen (US$559.1 million), a 10.4 percent increase from the previous year.

In other areas, mainly the South American region, including countries such as Brazil and Argentina, sales totaled 56.2 billion yen (US$535.5 million), a 22.7 percent increase from the previous year. The operating income totaled 402.5 million yen (US$3.8 million), an 84.2 percent decrease from the previous year.

”Considering business conditions, such as an increase in car production mainly in Japan and the depreciation of the yen, we have decided to upwardly revise the original forecasts for the full-year financial results,” said Ito.

(Foreign exchange rates used for fourth quarter are US$= 104 yen Euro= 142 yen, and for the full-year are: US$= 100 yen Euro=135 yen)

Forecast for Fiscal Year Ending March 31, 2014

FY Forecast
(Previous announced)
FY Forecast
(Revised)
Changes from Previous FY
Net Sales 4,010.0 billion yen
[US$38.2 billion]
4,080.0 billion yen
[US$38.9 billion]
+499.1 billion yen
(+13.9 percent)
Operating income 360.0 billion yen
[US$ 3.4 billion]
380.0 billion yen
[US$3.6 billion]
+117.6 billion yen
(+44.8 percent)
Income before income taxes and minority interests 391.0 billion yen
[US$3.7 billion]
420.0 billion yen
[US$4.0 billion]
+138.1 billion yen
(+49.0 percent)
Net income 264.0 billion yen
[US$2.5 billion]
283.0 billion yen
[US$2.7 billion]
+101.3 billion yen
(+55.8 percent)

 

DENSO Corporation, headquartered in Kariya, Aichi prefecture, Japan, is a leading global automotive supplier of advanced technology, systems and components in the areas of thermal, powertrain control, electronics and information and safety. Its customers include all the world’s major carmakers. Worldwide, the company has more than 200 subsidiaries and affiliates in 36 countries and regions (including Japan) and employs more than 130,000 people. Consolidated global sales for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013, totaled US$38.1 billion. Last fiscal year, DENSO spent 9.4 percent of its global consolidated sales on research and development. DENSO common stock is traded on the Tokyo and Nagoya stock exchanges. For more information, go to www.globaldenso.com.

Currently, in North America, DENSO employs more than 17,000 people at 32 consolidated companies and affiliates. Of these, 28 are manufacturing facilities located in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. In the U.S. alone, DENSO employs more than 11,000 people in California, Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Iowa, Ohio, and Arkansas. DENSO’s North American consolidated sales totaling US$6.8 billion for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013.

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DENSO International America Appoints Rob Hempel to Vice President of Sales & Marketing Division

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SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Rob Hempel has been appointed to vice president of the Sales and Marketing Division for DENSO International America, Inc. (DIAM). Located at DENSO’s North American headquarters in Southfield, Mich., Hempel is responsible for directing business strategy, operational and personnel activities for the Toyota Sales group. The position was effective Jan. 2, 2014.

Previously, Hempel served as director of the Chrysler Sales group where he was responsible for overseeing the group’s overall business strategy and sales activities for the North American region.

Hempel first joined DIAM in 1993 as an engineer in the Engine Management Systems and Components, Fuel Delivery department. In 2000, he was appointed to sales manager of the General Motors Powertrain Sales group and, in 2004, was promoted to senior manager of the General Motors Thermal Business group.

In 2006, Hempel took an assignment in Shanghai, China, aimed at developing local support for General Motors business and keeping face-to-face contact with key executives in the Asia-Pacific region. He returned to North America in 2007 and was appointed to director of Chrysler Sales.

Hempel holds two degrees, including a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan in Flint, Mich., and a Bachelor of Science in Product Design Engineering Technology from Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Mich.

He currently serves on the Southfield High School Marketing Advisory Board, has been a member of SAE since 1993, and also is a member of Marketing & Sales Executives of Detroit (MSED).

DENSO Corporation, headquartered in Kariya, Aichi prefecture, Japan, is a leading global automotive supplier of advanced technology, systems and components in the areas of thermal, powertrain control, electronics and information and safety. Its customers include all the world’s major carmakers. Worldwide, the company has more than 200 subsidiaries and affiliates in 36 countries and regions (including Japan) and employs more than 130,000 people. Consolidated global sales for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013, totaled US$38.1 billion. Last fiscal year, DENSO spent 9.4 percent of its global consolidated sales on research and development. DENSO common stock is traded on the Tokyo and Nagoya stock exchanges. For more information, go to www.globaldenso.com.

Currently, in North America, DENSO employs more than 17,000 people at 32 consolidated companies and affiliates. Of these, 28 are manufacturing facilities located in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. In the U.S. alone, DENSO employs more than 11,000 people in California, Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Iowa, Ohio, and Arkansas. DENSO’s North American consolidated sales totaling US$6.8 billion for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013.

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Hino and DENSO Jointly Develop the World’s First Electric Refrigerator System for Heavy-duty Trucks Using a Hybrid Unit

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HINO & KARIYA (Japan)— Hino Motors, Ltd. (Hino) and DENSO Corporation (DENSO) have jointly developed the world’s first electric refrigerator system for heavy-duty trucks using a hybrid unit. This system is used in the Hino Profia, which will be released on Feb. 1, in Japan.

With the combination of Hino’s hybrid powertrain system technology and DENSO’s electric refrigerator system technology, the two companies have developed a high-quality refrigerator system that helps improve fuel economy, improves refrigeration performance, and is quieter when operating.

Hybrid trucks conventionally use energy generated from hybrid systems to assist the vehicle’s driving. However, this new truck uses energy from hybrid unit only for the new electric refrigeration system, which saves fuel.

Heavy-duty refrigerated trucks typically require an auxiliary engine or need to use their main engine power to operate the compressor of the refrigerator. The newly developed electric refrigerator system uses energy generated while driving or regenerated energy from the hybrid unit to operate the refrigerator’s compressor. This substantially reduces the amount of fuel normally used to drive the engine to operate the compressor, thus reducing CO2 emissions as well.

Compared to refrigerated trucks that use an auxiliary engine to operate the compressor, the new system is quieter, and contributes to an approximately 150kg weight reduction because it does not need an auxiliary engine.

In addition, compared with those having the main engine-driven compressor system, the new truck can operate the refrigeration compressor at a constant rotational speed using the energy supplied from hybrid system, which stabilizes the refrigeration performance and quality regardless if the truck is moving or stopped.

Trucks with main engine-driven compressor systems need to have separate refrigerator components in the engine compartment, under the floor panel, and in other places. However, the new truck uses a new integrated refrigeration unit that includes an electric compressor, condenser, and other devices. This simplified structure uses fewer tubes and wires and also is easier to maintain.

The new refrigerator system includes a stand-by unit that can beconnected to an external 200-volt power source so the refrigerator temperature can be maintained while the engine off for a long period of time. The stand-by unit also has a timer function, which can pre-freeze the refrigerator room without the driver’s operation. This helps reduce fuel consumption and manpower costs.

The Hino Profia with an electric refrigerator system reduces the amount of fuel required to operate its refrigerator. The new truck’s fuel efficiency exceeds Japan’s 2015 fuel efficiency standards by 5 percent. Moreover, as standard features, the Hino Profia has advanced safety systems including an enhanced pre-crash safety system (PCS*1) designed to support drivers to prevent rear-end collision with vehicle in motion ahead, a lane-departure warning system that issues an alarm at a more appropriate timing, and a driver monitoring system that provides more precise detection. Thus, the Hino Profia is a heavy-duty truck that achieves greater environmental and safety performance.

The compact and light-weight hybrid unit, installed to the Hino Dutro Hybrid with proven results in the market, was optimized as an energy source for this new refrigerator. This enables improved eco-friendly performance, while minimizing effects to load capacity and maintaining economy performance for the heavy-duty truck.

Hino will continue to offer useful products that are environmentally safe and user- friendly. And DENSO will continue to develop products and technologies that help automakers increase the environmental performance of their vehicles to promote a more eco-friendly society.

*1: PCS is a registered trademark of Toyota Motor Corporation.

Hino Profia with an electric refrigerator system: FR1EXEG (the photo shows the FR1EXEG with a body made by Trantechs)

The truck in the photo is also equipped with a wind deflector (user’s option)*2.
*2: This wind deflector is specifically designed for the Hino Profia with an electric refrigerator system not only to improve its aerodynamic performance, but also to optimally control airflow to increase the radiation performance of the condenser while reducing the air resistance while the truck is moving and increase the refrigeration efficiency.

Suggested retail prices in the Tokyo region

* The prices of the Hino Profia models with a cab-over chassis and an electric refrigerator system

Target annual sales
First year: 180 units

About Hino Motors,
Hino Motors, Ltd. is a leading Truck and Bus manufacturer in Japan. Hino brand vehicle sells in approx. 80 countries and regions worldwide, and achieved 154,700 unit sales in 2013. Hino has been committed to pursue advanced technologies, with more focus on environment and safety area, and Hino brand hybrid vehicles already sold more than 10,000 units globally since the launch of its hybrid bus in 1991. Headquartered in Hino city, Tokyo. Consolidated global sales for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013, totaled JPY1,541 billion.

About DENSO Corporation
DENSO Corporation, headquartered in Kariya, Aichi prefecture, Japan, is a leading global automotive supplier of advanced technology, systems and components in the areas of thermal, powertrain control, electronics 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 130,000 people. Consolidated global sales for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013, totaled US$38.1 billion.

Currently, in North America, DENSO employs more than 17,000 people at 32 consolidated companies and affiliates. Of these, 28 are manufacturing facilities located in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. In the U.S. alone, DENSO employs more than 11,000 people in California, Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Iowa, Ohio, and Arkansas. DENSO’s North American consolidated sales totaling US$6.8 billion for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013.

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Contact:
Hino Motors,Ltd

Corporate Communications (hm.pr@hino.co.jp)

DENSO CORPORATION
Sadayoshi Yokoyama (sadayoshi_yokoyama@denso.co.jp)
Goro Kanemasu (goro_kanemasu@denso.co.jp)

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DENSO to Exhibit at the 12th Auto Expo 2014, New Delhi, India

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KARIYA — Global automotive supplier DENSO Corporation will exhibit its latest technologies in the areas of safety and environment at the 12th Auto Expo 2014 – Components, in New Delhi, India, from Feb. 6 to 9, 2014.

In the area of safety, DENSO will exhibit the head-up display control commander linked system that combines a head-up display, which projects vehicle information on the front windshield, with operations of vehicle equipment such as the air conditioning and audio system. The company will also introduce its pedestrian collision detection sensor?that enables the pop-up hood to operate more accurately, and the on-board communication device for vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2X) communication technologies.

In the area of environment, DENSO will display its diesel common rail system that injects fuel with a maximum pressure of 2,500 bar. DENSO will also exhibit stop/start system products such as the tandem solenoid starter, lithium ion battery pack and cold storage evaporator, which contribute to further improvement in fuel efficiency.

DENSO will continue developments centering around the India Technical Center, established in 2012, to develop technologies and products that further meet the needs of the market.

DENSO Corporation, headquartered in Kariya, Aichi prefecture, Japan, is a leading global automotive supplier of advanced technology, systems and components in the areas of thermal, powertrain control, electronics and information and safety. Its customers include all the world’s major carmakers. Worldwide, the company has more than 200 subsidiaries and affiliates in 36 countries and regions (including Japan) and employs more than 130,000 people. Consolidated global sales for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013, totaled US$38.1 billion. Last fiscal year, DENSO spent 9.4 percent of its global consolidated sales on research and development. DENSO common stock is traded on the Tokyo and Nagoya stock exchanges. For more information, go to www.globaldenso.com.

In India, DENSO started operations in 1984. It now has seven subsidiaries including five production companies, which produce automotive air conditioning systems, fuel injectors, engine ECUs, starters, alternators and other devices. The company employs more than 2,900 people in India. For more information, go to www.denso.co.in.

Currently, in North America, DENSO employs more than 17,000 people at 32 consolidated companies and affiliates. Of these, 28 are manufacturing facilities located in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. In the U.S. alone, DENSO employs more than 11,000 people in California, Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Iowa, Ohio, and Arkansas. DENSO’s North American consolidated sales totaling US$6.8 billion for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013.

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DENSO Develops Highly Standardized Automotive Climate Control Unit

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KARIYA, Japan – Global automotive supplier DENSO has developed a new automotive climate control unit that can be used in a wide variety of vehicles ranging from compact to luxury cars. Conventional climate control units are often designed and tailored to each vehicle model; however, because of unit’s new structure, the company was able to standardize components while also meeting the required performance. This highly standardized automotive climate control unit, which is also smaller and lighter than previous models, is the world’s first of its kind.

“Many of the subcomponents for this product, such as air mix door, servo motor and blower fan are newly developed, which allowed us to reduce the unit’s size by 20 percent compared to DENSO’s conventional model,” said Katsuhisa Shimokawa, executive director responsible for DENSO Corporation’s Thermal Systems Business Unit.

The thickness of the air mix door is half that of DENSO’s conventional one, which reduces the depth and weight of the unit. Also, the conventional unit required several servo motors to operate the air mix door, whereas the new unit has standardized doors and needs only one, enabling the unit case to be made smaller. The new blower fan’s wing blades are re-shaped to best suite the wind flow, which allowed the new fan to become 15 percent smaller and consume 20 percent less power, while also maintaining high air discharge capacity.

“Customers are very receptive to our new design concept due to its performance benefits and smaller size,” said Pat Bassett, vice president of Thermal Systems, DENSO International America, Inc. “Despite its common design customers are developing their own unique ways to utilize the benefits of the new climate control unit.”

With these new technologies, the new smaller, lighter climate control unit with higher performance can also be used in eco-friendly cars. For instance, for stop/start system the evaporator in the unit can be replaced with a cold storage evaporator, and for hybrid and electric vehicles the heater core can be replaced with a heat pump air conditioning system. Also by changing the blower fan to two layer – structure, to take in external air and circulate internal air simultaneously, the air conditioning system could be used for vehicles with limited heat sources.

DENSO’s new climate control unit is used in the new HARRIER, which was released last December and in the NOAH and VOXY which was released this month. This new climate control unit will be offered for a wide variety of vehicle models all over the world. DENSO will continue to help create an advanced automotive society by developing technologies that can improve the comfort and environmental performance of vehicles.

DENSO Corporation, headquartered in Kariya, Aichi prefecture, Japan, is a leading global automotive supplier of advanced technology, systems and components in the areas of thermal, powertrain control, electronics and information and safety. Its customers include all the world’s major carmakers. Worldwide, the company has more than 200 subsidiaries and affiliates in 36 countries and regions (including Japan) and employs more than 130,000 people. Consolidated global sales for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013, totaled US$38.1 billion. Last fiscal year, DENSO spent 9.4 percent of its global consolidated sales on research and development. DENSO common stock is traded on the Tokyo and Nagoya stock exchanges. For more information, go to www.globaldenso.com.

Currently, in North America, DENSO employs more than 17,000 people at 32 consolidated companies and affiliates. Of these, 28 are manufacturing facilities located in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. In the U.S. alone, DENSO employs more than 11,000 people in California, Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Iowa, Ohio, and Arkansas. DENSO’s North American consolidated sales totaling US$6.8 billion for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013.

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Corrected Release – DENSO Expands its North American Headquarters

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SOUTHFIELD, Mich., – Global automotive supplier DENSO is investing US$10 million and adding 176 new jobs to expand its North American headquarters in Southfield, Mich. The investment, which includes the purchase of an existing 81,000 sq. ft. office building on its current campus, will increase its research and development capabilities in the region. The expansion is part of the company’s plan to invest nearly $US1 billion and create 2,000 jobs in North America over a four-year span. Of this, more than $750 million and 1,200 will be in the United States alone.

“We’re on track with our North American investment commitment, and to date, of the 1,200 jobs we’ve committed to creating in the U.S., we’ve already added 1,100,” said Terry Helgesen, senior vice president, Industry Relations, DENSO International America, Inc. “Overall we have added more than 640 jobs in Tennessee, 425 in Michigan and 50 in California.”

Details of the DENSO’s North American Investment update: In Michigan, DENSO will invest approximately US$10 million and will add approximately 176 new jobs at DENSO International America (DIAM) in Southfield, Mich. The investment will expand research and development of next generation technologies to improve fuel economy and safety. Along with this, DENSO has purchased a new building on Oak Hollow Drive. The overall project includes laboratory and testing facilities to support the development of components for:
• Electric hybrid vehicles
• Gasoline direct injection systems
• High output alternators
• Infotainment and connectivity products

In Tennessee, DENSO will invest approximately US$55 million and add 130 positions at DENSO Manufacturing Athens Tennessee (DMAT) to expand its gasoline direct injection lines. This is in addition to the $50 million investment and 130 new jobs that DENSO announced last year to localize its gasoline direct injection lines, bringing the total investment to $105 million and 260 new jobs.

In Montgomery, Ala., DENSO is investing approximately US$2.2 million to open a new shipping plant, named DENSO Manufacturing Michigan Alabama (DMMI-AL), resulting in at least 45 new positions. DMMI-AL will support the warehousing and shipping of Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning (HVAC) units and other parts for its North American customers. Start of operation is scheduled for April 2014.

DENSO Corporation, headquartered in Kariya, Aichi prefecture, Japan, is a leading global automotive supplier of advanced technology, systems and components in the areas of thermal, powertrain control, electronics and information and safety. Its customers include all the world’s major carmakers. Worldwide, the company has more than 200 subsidiaries and affiliates in 36 countries and regions (including Japan) and employs more than 130,000 people. Consolidated global sales for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013, totaled US$38.1 billion. Last fiscal year, DENSO spent 9.4 percent of its global consolidated sales on research and development. DENSO common stock is traded on the Tokyo and Nagoya stock exchanges. For more information, go to www.globaldenso.com, or the European website www.denso-europe.com.

Currently, in North America, DENSO employs more than 17,000 people at 32 consolidated companies and affiliates. Of these, 28 are manufacturing facilities located in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. In the U.S. alone, DENSO employs more than 11,000 people in California, Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Iowa, Ohio, and Arkansas. DENSO’s North American consolidated sales totaling US$6.8 billion for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013.

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DENSO Invests an Additional $55 Million at its Athens, Tenn. Facility

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SOUTHFIELD, Mich., – DENSO announced it is investing an additional $55 million and adding more than 130 new manufacturing jobs at its DENSO Manufacturing Athens Tennessee (DMAT) facility in Athens Tenn. This is in addition to the $50 million investment and 130 jobs that was announced last year to localize its gasoline direct injection injectors (GDI), bringing the total investment to approximately $105 million and 260 new jobs.

“These are very exciting times at DENSO,” said Hugh Cantrell, general manager, DENSO Manufacturing Athens Tennessee. “We are thankful for the past and current contribution of our associates and the support and commitment of the local community. We look forward to continued partnerships as we launch this expansion and compete to bring future products to Athens!”

Fuel-saving Technology
Depending on engine size, DENSO’s GDI system can help automakers achieve up to 20 percent fuel economy while also helping reduce CO2 emissions of up to 15 percent. For consumers, it means more mileage for the money and an overall savings at the gas pump.

DMAT began tooling, staffing, and training preparations in June 2013, for mass production of gasoline direct injectors in 2014. DENSO first mass produced GDI components in 1996, and started production of its third generation of GDI technology in 2012. DENSO’s latest generation technology is geared to deliver more power and lower emissions while being more compact. Its reliability and flexibility allows it to be used in markets around the world.

DMAT currently employs more than more than 1,000 employees and has been producing fuel injectors since 1998 for the North America region. The facility also produces oxygen sensors, ignition coils, monolithic carriers and spark plugs.

DENSO Corporation, headquartered in Kariya, Aichi prefecture, Japan, is a leading global automotive supplier of advanced technology, systems and components in the areas of thermal, powertrain control, electronics and information and safety. Its customers include all the world’s major carmakers. Worldwide, the company has more than 200 subsidiaries and affiliates in 36 countries and regions (including Japan) and employs more than 130,000 people. Consolidated global sales for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013, totaled US$38.1 billion. Last fiscal year, DENSO spent 9.4 percent of its global consolidated sales on research and development. DENSO common stock is traded on the Tokyo and Nagoya stock exchanges. For more information, go to www.globaldenso.com.

Currently, in North America, DENSO employs more than 17,000 people at 32 consolidated companies and affiliates. Of these, 28 are manufacturing facilities located in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. In the U.S. alone, DENSO employs more than 11,000 people in California, Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Iowa, Ohio, and Arkansas. DENSO’s North American consolidated sales totaling US$6.8 billion for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013.

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DENSO, MIT AgeLab and Touchstone Evaluations Establish New Consortium to Study Driver Distraction

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SOUTHFIELD, Mich., – Leading a new effort to address the continuing challenge of driver distraction, global automotive supplier DENSO, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) AgeLab and Touchstone Evaluations have founded a consortium, Advanced Human Factors Evaluator for Automotive Demand (AHEAD), that aims to develop new perspectives and methodologies for a holistic and objective approach to measuring driver demand. Honda R&D Americas, Inc., Subaru Research & Development and Jaguar Land Rover have joined the program as initial partners, and discussions with other global automakers and portable electronics suppliers are ongoing.

The new consortium brings together leading researchers, automakers and suppliers to take a fresh look at methods to reliably and repeatedly assess the demands associated with in-vehicle interactions. Further, this work aims to provide the auto industry with an evaluation platform that better supports driver safety as the potential for automotive human-machine interface (HMI) complexity increases.

“We know drivers want to be connected while driving, but how do we safely give drivers what they want?” said Doug Patton, senior vice president of Engineering at DENSO International America, Inc. “We need to evaluate driver workload – but currently there is no quantifiable and objective metrology model in place. Not to mention, there’s a high price tag attached to researching and developing something like this. With that said, forming a consortium will help reach the goal of establishing a common methodology.”

The Goal of AHEAD:
Current evaluation methods for HMI technologies are primarily based upon criteria developed before the advent of modern integrated technologies such as voice interfaces, touch screens and multi-function controllers. Perhaps most importantly, the evaluation methods utilized to date don’t consider the tradeoffs that exist as demand is moved between modalities such as vision, touch, sound, haptics, gesture and cognition. The effort aims to make early stage prototype evaluations more feasible where design changes can be more effectively achieved – in contrast to evaluations that frequently take place later in the vehicle development process.

“Establishing a common understanding of human performance of in-vehicle tasks that can distract drivers from the primary task of operating the vehicle safely is an important goal for the industry,” said Steven Feit, Chief Engineer of Infotainment Development at Honda R&D Americas, Inc. “This type of research and collaboration will lead to new automotive innovations and the inclusion of exciting features and consumer technology that can be operated safely in vehicles.”

The goal of AHEAD is to create a quantifiable objective evaluation toolkit that will be useful across the industry for supporting new HMI development; and, one that will improve the effectiveness and reliability of data, helping manufactures and portable electronics suppliers offer intuitive, convenient and safe interfaces to the consumer while more effectively meeting industry and governmental guidelines.

Joining forces to lead the technical effort are researchers from the MIT AgeLab and Touchstone Evaluations, Inc. The MIT AgeLab has lead efforts to utilize to multi-dimensional assessment by holistically combining physiological, visual attention and performance measures as part of HMI evaluation. “Physiological measures complement traditional visual attention and performance measures to provide a more complete picture of the interacting demands of modern HMI.” Dr. Bryan Reimer, a Research Scientist in the MIT AgeLab, the Associate Director of The New England University Transportation Center at MIT and the MIT technical lead for AHEAD.

About MIT AgeLab:
The MIT AgeLab was created in 1999 as a global research program to invent new ideas and creatively translate technologies into practical solutions that improve people’s health and enable them to “do things” throughout the lifespan. Based within MIT’s School of Engineering’s Engineering Systems Division, the AgeLab has assembled a multi-disciplinary team of researchers, business partners, and universities, to design, develop and deploy innovations that touch nearly all aspects of how we will live, work and play tomorrow. Core research themes include transportation, health and wellness, and longevity planning.

About Touchstone Evaluations:
Touchstone Evaluations, Inc. was founded in 2008 in Detroit, Michigan. It is a new-generation human factors firm that provides research and consulting services in the automotive and consumer-product sectors. It is distinguished by the priority it places on scientific rigor, and by its focus on creating the “next practices” of user interface development, which will lead to effective and pleasing products. Touchstone’s founders are award-winning scientists and engineers in the field of driver performance assessment and vehicle evaluation, who collectively have over 85 years of experience in the automotive industry. Of the client-customized services which Touchstone delivers annually, typically 75 percent are focused on driver multitasking, attention, and distraction-assessment, 15 percent on active safety and emerging automotive technologies (including automation), and 10 percent on User Interface innovation. For more information, visit http://touchstoneevaluations.com/.

About DENSO: Currently, in North America, DENSO employs more than 17,000 people at 32 consolidated companies and affiliates. Of these, 22 are manufacturing companies that have 28 production locations in the United States, Canada and Mexico. In the U.S. alone, DENSO employs more than 12,000 people in California, Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Iowa, Ohio, and Arkansas. DENSO’s North American consolidated sales totaling US$6.8 billion for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013.

DENSO Corporation, headquartered in Kariya, Aichi prefecture, Japan, is a leading global automotive supplier of advanced technology, systems and components in the areas of thermal, powertrain control, electronics 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 130,000 people. Consolidated global sales for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013, totaled US$38.1 billion. Last fiscal year, DENSO spent 9.4 percent of its global consolidated sales on research and development. DENSO common stock is traded on the Tokyo and Nagoya stock exchanges. For more information, go to www.globaldenso.com, or visit our media website at www.densomediacenter.com

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