DENSO Expands Engineering Centre in Germany
Strengthening powertrain, electronics and electrical system design and development
WEGBERG, Germany ― 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 Centre (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 overall 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 Centre 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.”
To better serve the vehicle and powertrain manufacturers, AEC now offers more than twice the number of test benches. They include pump test benches, engine and chassis dynamometers, and emission analysers. Says Masato (Max) Nakagawa, AEC director: “In addition to doubling our testing capacity, we have also enhanced our capability. We are particularly proud of the all-new electronic laboratory. We now can offer in-house development of hardware and software for engine control units (ECU) used on diesel and gasoline engines. This laboratory also facilitates the accommodation of electric and hybrid technologies to European specifications.”
Compared to the original engineering centre, which was opened in 2005, the facilities and offices were enlarged from 2,110 to 6,550 square meters. Five years ago, AEC was DENSO’s first engineering base for diesel engine component applications outside Japan. Since then, powertrain component engineering became part of the centre’s competency.
“With the expansion of Aachen Engineering Centre, we are laying the foundation for our future,” comments Shigehiro Nishimura, chief executive for the European region. “The European region plays a global leadership role in the automotive industry with respect to the creation of advanced technologies and innovative designs. The reinforcement of our local engineering and development capability is key to DENSO’s success.”
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, totalled € 23.6 billion (*1). Last fiscal year, DENSO spent 9.1 percent of its global consolidated sales on research and development. 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 totalling € 3.26 billion (*1) for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2010. DENSO’s European operations include sales offices in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, The Netherlands and The United Kingdom. In addition, the company operates manufacturing facilities in the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain and the U.K. DENSO AUTOMOTIVE Deutschland GmbH employs nearly 350 associates in six locations. For more information, go to www.denso-europe.com.