SOUTHFIELD, Mich., — American Industrial Manufacturing Services (AIMS), a DENSO Group Company that remanufactures starter motors, alternators and common rail fuel injectors, has achieved Caterpillar Inc.'s Platinum Supplier Quality Excellence Program (SQEP) certification for a third consecutive year. Caterpillar presented the certificate at a ceremony held at AIMS manufacturing facility in Murrieta, Calif., on Tuesday, Feb. 5.
"We are honored to be recognized with Caterpillar's SQEP certification," said Jim Lewis, executive vice president, AIMS. "Achieving this award starts with understanding the customer's needs and close collaboration. When our team was requested to apply for certification, we never considered bronze, silver or gold. Our target was, is and always will be to meet or exceed the highest level of customer expectation."
Caterpillar's SQEP certification recognizes its suppliers’ commitment to providing exceptional service, quality and delivery performance on an ongoing basis. The Platinum certification is the highest award given by the off-highway heavy duty equipment maker. AIMS is one of 14 suppliers to receive the Platinum-level award and the only one to achieve re-certification for three consecutive years. AIMS has been supplying remanufactured starters and alternators since 1992.
Effective April 1, American Industrial Manufacturing Services will be combined with DENSO Sales California in Long Beach to establish DENSO’s Aftermarket Business Headquarters for the Americas. The reorganization will operate under a new name, DENSO Products and Services Americas, Inc., and will allow DENSO to strengthen its aftermarket business and growth.
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 35 countries and regions (including Japan) and employs approximately 120,000 people. Consolidated global sales for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2012, totaled US$38.4 billion. Last fiscal year, DENSO spent 9.5 percent of its global consolidated sales on research and development. 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.
In North America, DENSO employs more than 14,000 people at 28 consolidated companies and affiliates. Of these, 26 are manufacturing facilities located in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. In the U.S. alone, DENSO employs more than 10,000 people in California, Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Iowa, Ohio, and Arkansas. DENSO’s North American consolidated sales totaling US$6.2 billion for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2012.