DENSO Announces Major Expansion of Manufacturing Facility

KARIYA, Japan, July 19 /PRNewswire/ -- DENSO Corporation today announced that DENSO Manufacturing Kitakyushu Co., Ltd., DENSO's subsidiary in Kitakyushu, Fukuoka prefecture, Japan, will expand its 40,000 square-meter (430,500 square feet) facility by approximately 22,000 square meters (237,000 square feet). The new investment will total approximately 20 billion yen (approximately US$162 billion) by fiscal 2010.

"We decided to enhance our production capabilities in Kitakyushu, responding to growing vehicle production in the Northern Kyushu area," said Nobuaki Katoh, senior managing director in charge of DENSO's Thermal System Business Group.

With this expansion, DENSO Manufacturing Kitakyushu will begin producing fuel pump modules and windshield wiper links, and increase production volumes of its current products including air conditioning units, injector components for diesel common rail fuel injection systems, and engine cooling modules. The company also will start manufacturing resin housings for air conditioning units, components currently purchased externally.

Construction for the expansion is scheduled to begin in August and be completed in March 2008. Production start is scheduled for May 2008.

Sales for DENSO Kitakyushu are expected to increase from 19.4 billion yen (approximately US$157 million) in fiscal 2006 to approximately 48 billion yen (approximately US$389 million) in fiscal 2010. The number of employees is expected to increase from the current approximately 610 to approximately 1,400 by fiscal 2010.

DENSO Corporation, headquartered in Kariya, Aichi prefecture, Japan, is a leading global supplier of advanced technology, systems and components. Worldwide, the company employs approximately 112,000 people in 32 countries and regions, including Japan. Consolidated global sales for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2007 totaled US$30.6 billion. DENSO common stock is traded on the Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya stock exchanges in Japan. For more information, go to or visit our media website at

    Company Profile
    1.  Name: DENSO Manufacturing Kitakyushu Co., Ltd.
    2.  Establishment: April 2006 (separated from DENSO Corporation)
    3.  Location: 5-4-1, Honjo, Nishi-ku, Yahata, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka
        prefecture, Japan
    4.  Capital: 6.01 billion yen (approximately US$49 million)
    5.  Ownership: 100 percent by DENSO Corporation
    6.  President: Masayoshi Yagyu
    7.  Employees: Approximately 610 (as of March 2007)
            Approximately 1,400 (projected for fiscal 2010)
    8.  Business Description: Production of air conditioning units, injector
        components for diesel common rail fuel injection systems, and others
    9.  Sales: 19.4 billion yen (approximately US$157 million for fiscal 2006)
            Approximately 48 billion yen (approximately US$389 million
            projected for fiscal 2010)
    10.  Site area: Approximately 156,400 square meters
    11.  Building floor area: Approximately 40,000 square meters (before
            Approximately 62,000 square meters (after expansion)

*Exchange rates used are 123.26 yen per one dollar, at the end of June 2007 for convenience only. Billion is used in the American sense of one thousand million.

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