Our History

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Our History

Year History of DENSO
1949 Nippondenso Co. Ltd (now DENSO Corporation) established in Kariya, near Nagoya, Japan; beginning with the manufacture and sales of electrical components and radiators for cars
1953 Technical cooperation with Robert Bosch GmbH, Germany
1954 Establishment of the first technical training centre to improve employees’ technical skills; underlining DENSO’s belief that progress is achieved through the development of people – a philosophy that is still applied today
1955 Establishment of Injection Pump Preparation Section
1956 Establishment of Refrigerator Preparation Section
1957 Establishment of AICHI DENSO CO. LTD (consolidated in 1959) to start spark plug business
1961 Awarded the Deming Prize, the most prestigious recognition of quality control. This made DENSO the first automotive parts supplier in Japan – and only the second in the Japanese automotive industry – to be awarded the Deming Prize
1964 Adoption of DENSO Policy based on the trade liberalisation of Japan
1965 Operations start at Ikeda Plant and Hiroshima Plant
1966 Adoption of DENSO Policy based on the capital liberalisation of Japan
Establishment of Chicago sales office and branch offices in Los Angeles and Detroit, USA
1967 Operations start at Anjo Plant
1968 Establishment of IC Research Centre
1970 Operations start at Nishio Plant
Adoption of DENSO Health & Safety and Environment Standard
Establishment of overseas branch office in Stuttgart, Germany
1971 Establishment of Nippondenso Los Angeles, Inc. as the first overseas subsidiary
Adoption of DENSO Globalisation Policy
1972 Establishment of Nippondenso Thailand Co. Ltd, Nippondenso (Australia) Pty Ltd and Nippondenso Canada Inc
1973 Nippondenso Europe (now DENSO International Europe) established in The Netherlands. The current regional headquarters is located just outside Amsterdam
1974 Adoption of DENSO New Management Policy (after the oil crisis)
Operations start at Takatana Plant
1975
World’s first spark plug with U-groove electrode
1978 Started consignment production of small motors to what is currently known as Asmo Co. Ltd
1979 Awarded the first Okochi Memorial Production Prize (Production Engineering Section)
Adoption of DENSO Policy for the 1980s (aiming to become a corporation with sales of one trillion yen after 10 years)
1980 Establishment of Nippondenso Compressores Ltda in Brazil
Awarded the Minister of International Trade and Industry Prize for excellent energy control at the plant
1982 Operations start at Daian Plant
1984 Opening of Nukata Testing Centre
Establishment of DENSO Taiyo Co. Ltd
Tie-up with Allen-Bradley Co. Inc. in regard to factory automation (FA) business
Establishment of Nippondenso Manufacturing USA Inc. in Michigan
Opening of DENSO Sales UK Ltd
Opening of DENSO AUTOMOTIVE Deutschland GmbH
1985 First recognition of In-house Technical Skill Certification (in-house trade skills test)
Establishment of Nippondenso America, Inc. near Detroit
Received the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers (JSME) Medal for New Technology for the first time
1986 Adoption of DENSO Policy for the 1990s (aiming to become global DENSO)
Establishment of Technical Education Centre
Operations start at DENSO Thermal Systems S.p.A. in Italy
1987 Operations start at Toyohashi Plant
Establishment of DENSO Technical College
Operations start at Kota Plant
1989 Establishment of DENSO’s first manufacturing company in Europe, DENSO Barcelona S.A.. The Spanish facility started producing ignition coils. This was quickly followed by the incorporation of an existing facility in the United Kingdom for the production of radiators, known as DENSO Marston Ltd.
1990 Operations start at Agui Plant
Establishment of NDM Manufacturing Ltd, UK as a joint venture with Magneti Marelli SpA, Italy
Opening of DENSO Sales Italia s.r.l.
1991 Opening of DENSO Research Laboratories
Establishment of Nippondenso International (Europe) BV in The Netherlands
Start of a joint venture with AT&T Co, USA in regard to integrated circuit (IC) cards
1993 Operations start at Kitakyushu Plant
1994 An engineering and testing facility for air conditioning systems is opened in Munich, Germany
1995 Received global environment award
Establishment of DENSO International Singapore Pte Ltd
Opening of DENSO Sales France S.A.R.L.
1996 Corporate name changed to DENSO Corporation
Acquisition of ISO 14001: international standard of environmental management system, by Ikeda Plant
1997 World’s first spark plug with iridium electrode (0.4mm)
Acquisition of QS 9000/ISO 9001 certification by all automobile-related divisions of DENSO
Adoption of “DENSO VISION 2005″ as long-term management goal
Operations start at DENSO Manufacturing Hungary Ltd.
DENSO incorporated João de Deus & Filhos S.A. in Portugal, which was founded in 1914
1998 All domestic plants have obtained ISO 14001 certification
Operations start at Zenmyo Plant
Opening of TD Deutsche Klimakompressor GmbH
Opening of DENSO Sales Sweden in Gothenburg
1999 Acquisition of Rotating Machines Division of Magneti Marelli SpA, Italy
2000 World’s first segment conductor (SC) alternator, adopting dual windings and rectifiers and a rectangular conductor for its stator coil
Opening of DENSO Sales Belgium N.V.
2001 Acquisition of Climate Control Equipment Division of Magneti Marelli SpA, Italy
Estabishment of DENSO Abdul Latif Jameel Co. Ltd in Saudi Arabia
Opening of Abashiri Proving Ground
DENSO incorporated DENSO Thermal Systems Polska Sp.zo.o. in Poland
2002 Achieved goal of zero emissions at all 14 operations in Japan
Operations start at DENSO AIR SYSTEMS CZECH s.r.o.
Opening of DENSO Otomotiv Parcalari Sanayi A.S. in Turkey
2003 Establishment of DENSO (China) Investment Co. Ltd in China
2004 DENSO Manufacturing Hungary receives the European Commission’s Business Award for the Environment, making it the first automotive company to be recognised for its environmental management activities in Europe
Operations start at DENSO SISTEMAS TERMICOS ESPANA S.A.
DENSO incorporated ASMO Czech s.r.o.
2005 Opening of an engineering and testing facility for diesel engine components in Aachen, Germany. This milestone marks the company’s first diesel development centre outside Japan. World’s first 1,800-bar diesel common-rail system with Piezo injectors
Operations start at TBMECA Poland Sp.zo.o
2006
Word’s first motor-driven electric variable valve timing control system
2009 DENSO Sales Russia established in Moscow. This office specifically handles the sales and marketing of Aftermarket products
World’s first permanently engaged starter
World’s first passenger car air conditioning system using ejector technology
Opening of DENSO Sales RUS L.L.C.
2010 DENSO Thermal Systems Morocco established in Tangiers. This second production base on the African continent will produce car air conditioning systems
2011 Aachen Engineering Centre in Germany receives government award recognizing its research and development expansion
2012 Dissolution of capital relations between DENSO Corporation and the Robert Bosch Group. This has no effect or impact on the good and sound collaborative tie-ups in technologies or joint ventures between both companies, which continues since a “License agreement” was concluded in 1953
 2013 DENSO Poland Sp.zo.o was established in Myslowice, Poland