DENSO to Relocate R&D Group Company Nippon Soken
KARIYA (Japan) ― In an effort to strengthen its research and development (R&D) organization, global supplier DENSO Corporaton will relocate Nippon Soken Inc. (SOKEN), a DENSO group company that conducts automotive product R&D.
SOKEN, which is currently located in Nishio City in Aichi Prefecture, Japan, will be relocated to a new facility adjacent to DENSO Research Laboratories in Nisshin City in Aichi Prefecture.
DENSO invested approximately 6 billion yen (approximately US$50 million) for the purchase of the land and facilities, and also plans to increase the number of personnel to help strengthen its R&D organization.
For the relocation, DENSO purchased the building and land from NEC Corporation. In addition to using these existing buildings, DENSO will construct facilities for prototype production and testing, and powertrain testing.
The relocation of SOKEN, with its sophisticated measuring and analysis technologies, next to DENSO Research Laboratories will enable the two organizations to work together more closely.
This will lead to an improved R&D on advanced technologies and products necessary to increase the safety, environmental performance, and comfort of motor vehicles. It too aligns with DENSO’s goal to help build a society where vehicles no longer cause environmental damage or road traffic accidents.
Background on DENSO R&D Companies
SOKEN was established in November 1970 to conduct R&D to meet the needs of society for cleaner exhaust emissions and greater vehicle safety. Since SOKEN was established as a joint venture between DENSO and Toyota Motor Corporation, the company has focused its R&D mainly in five areas: powertrains, fuel cell, power electronics, information and safety, and thermal systems. Furthermore, SOKEN performs a variety of operations in-house, ranging from machining to tests and experiments, as part of its key technologies which support its advanced R&D efforts.
At its Research Laboratories, DENSO conducts R&D on next-generation semiconductor devices, advanced functional materials, and other high-tech fields.
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 nearly 140,000 people. 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