DENSO has announced it will invest approximately 180 billion yen (approximately $1.6 billion US) over the next three years – from FY2018 to late FY2020 – to support its aggressive development and production of electrified automotive products, systems and technologies. DENSO is focused on increasing its performance in the area of electrification.
“DENSO is committed to advancing automotive innovation and anticipating the changing needs of our customers in the transportation industry. Electric vehicles are increasingly becoming the norm throughout the world, and to meet the rising global demand for automotive electrification technologies and products, DENSO will strengthen its ability to develop and produce them,” said Yukihiro Shinohara, senior executive officer of DENSO.
To accelerate business execution around electrification, DENSO is establishing the Electrification Innovation Center at DENSO’s Anjo Plant in Anjo, Aichi, Japan, in May 2020. The Electrification Innovation Center will conduct advanced R&D, develop and test prototypes, and launch newly developed automotive electrification products, systems and technologies.
In addition, DENSO and Toyota Motor Corp. have officially agreed to consolidate their electronic component businesses within DENSO, and Toyota’s Hirose Plant will be transferred to DENSO in April 2020. DENSO says it will use the Anjo and Hirose Plants to establish safe, efficient and sustainable manufacturing processes for electrification-related components. The production lines established at the plants will be rolled out to DENSO’s manufacturing companies and affiliates worldwide.