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DENSO Expands Engineering Center in GermanyDate: Jul 14, 2010
― Strengthening powertrain, electronics and electrical system design and development ―
KARIYA, Japan ― In an effort to strengthen its European capability to design, develop, engineer and test from a vehicle-wide perspective, DENSO AUTOMOTIVE Deutschland GmbH, a subsidiary of Japan-based DENSO Corporation, has expanded its Aachen Engineering Center (AEC) in Wegberg, Germany. The newly expanded AEC has the capacity to serve its European customers in the areas of powertrain, electronics and electrical systems. DENSO invested approximately € 19.3 million in the expansion.
“With the automotive industry at a significant turning point in respect to fuel economy and CO2 emissions, DENSO can offer key technologies to respond to the tightening of these regulations,” explained Hiromi Tokuda, executive vice president who oversees DENSO’s global research and development affairs, as well as the European region. “In Europe, this requires an integrated approach and close collaboration with our customers. The Aachen Engineering Center will play a pivotal role in developing European solutions for powertrain needs, including gasoline, diesel common-rail, electrical and hybrid technologies, powertrain thermal management and engine management systems.”
Compared to the original engineering center, which opened in 2005, the building has increased from 2,110 to 6,550 square meters and the number of test benches has more than doubled. Also, in addition to adding an all-new electronic laboratory, the center’s climatic testing capability has been enhanced.
AEC was DENSO’s first engineering base for diesel engine components outside Japan, which mainly carries out application design work and performance evaluations on fuel injectors, diesel supply pumps and common rails.
Since then, powertrain component engineering became part of the center’s competency. The current expansion included new equipment such as two engine dynamometers, a chassis dynamometer and hardware and software development facilities for engine control units.
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, electric, 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 34 countries and regions (including Japan) and employs approximately 120,000 people. Consolidated global sales for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2010, totaled US$32.0 billion. Last fiscal year, DENSO spent 9.1 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.
In Europe, DENSO employs more than 13,000 people, with consolidated sales totaling US$4.4 billion for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2010. For more information, go to www.denso-europe.com.
Profile of Aachen Engineering Center (AEC)
1. Name: DENSO AUTOMOTIVE Deutschland GmbH,
Aachen Engineering Center
2. Location: Friedrich-List-Allee 42, D-41844 Wegberg, Germany (about 50 km north of Aachen)
3. Director: Masato Nakagawa
4. Establishment: April 2005
5. Expansion: July 2010
6. Expansion investment: € 19.3 million
7. Size after expansion: 6550 square meter (office and facilities)
8. Equipment after expansion: Pump test benches
CVS emission analyzers
ECU hardware and software development facilities
9. Employees: Approximately 100 (projected for 2011)
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