Denso Corp. is investing approximately $75.5 million to expand fuel technology development its North American regional headquarters in Southfield, Mich., and a satellite office in Dublin, Ohio.
The investment will bolster the staff at the Denso International America Inc. (DIAM) headquarters facilities by approximately 133 employees over the next three years, attracting top talent to design and deliver advanced mobility solutions.
Denso says it will tap into the thriving automotive community and deep talent pool across the Midwest, working with the Michigan Development Corp. (MEDC), Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA) and the City of Dublin.
“This is the first in a line of investments to create the future of mobility by bringing in top talent and fostering our culture of innovation,” said Kenichiro Ito, chairman of Denso’s North America board of directors and chief executive officer of DIAM. “Expanding our team and resources now will help us make a future of autonomous cars and advanced electric vehicles possible.”
Denso provided the following details on the investment:
Southfield, Michigan: Denso’ $75 million investment will create 120 new jobs over the next three years and expand and renovate R&D facilities to develop the future of mobility, focusing on automotive safety, cybersecurity and autonomous vehicles. Among the facility renovations, Denso will expand its testing facilities and add new test equipment. In the past five years, Denso has expanded its Southfield footprint by 44% with the purchase of two additional buildings and a vehicle test strip to support sales and engineering R&D activities.
Dublin Ohio: Denso’s $500,000 investment will create roughly 13 new jobs over the next three years and include a full renovation of Denso’s current 10,000-square-foot satellite office, as well as add an additional 5,000 square feet of space on the same campus. The additional space will support R&D activity in the area of powertrain and infotainment. This site will also serve as a quality engineering lab, and host infotainment system validation activities.
Denso and the MEDC will work together to attract and train skilled workers, and identify support opportunities. Likewise, the ODSA will provide $160,000 in performance-based incentives to expand Denso’s team in Dublin.
Denso, based in Japan, founded Denso International America in 1985 as the parent company for its North American operations. Since then, it has grown to seven buildings in Southfield housing design and production engineering, technical support, sales and finance functions. The Southfield facility also includes Denso’s 36-acre North America Technical Center Test Chambers, which simulate a variety of real-world driving conditions that allow engineers to develop and road-test new automotive solutions. The Dublin campus includes sales, quality engineering and application engineering teams supporting major original equipment manufacturer customers. Denso also operates 28 manufacturing facilities across the U.S., Canada and Mexico, and employs more than 23,000 across the North America region.
Denso is a global automotive supplier of advanced technology, systems and components in the areas of thermal, powertrain control, electronics and information and safety. Denso has more than 200 subsidiaries and affiliates in 38 countries and regions (including Japan) and employs more than 150,000 people worldwide.