DENSO’s Highly Standardized Automotive Climate Control Unit can be used across vehicle models; smaller size means more leg room for car buyers
Contact: Bridgette LaRose
DENSO International America, Inc.
Phone: (248) 372-8266
– DENSO received the Automotive News Premier Automotive Suppliers’ Contribution to
Excellence (PACE) Award
for its industry-first standardized Heating, Ventilating and Air
Conditioning (HVAC) unit that is 20 percent smaller and lighter than conventional units. The
HVAC system can be used in a wide variety of vehicle lines and models, resulting in cost-
savings for car makers. Traditionally, HVAC units are designed and tailored to each vehicle
model. DENSO’s new unit is unique in that it provides the opportunity to reduce the scope of
multiple designs and complexity from customization. The newly standardized heating and cooling
system reduces CO2 emissions through improved vehicle efficiency from the overall reduction in
mass and electrical power consumption.
“This recognition confirms DENSO’s continued leadership in innovation and our ability to meet
the needs of automakers and car buyers,” said Jason Hendry, director of Climate Control at
DENSO International America, Inc. “Using DENSO’s wide ranging design and manufacturing
capabilities in the thermal space, we developed the industry’s first standardized automotive
climate control module that can more easily fit into different instrument panels across
different makes and models. The lighter and more efficient design adds value for automakers,
and the smaller size allows for more legroom and interior space for driver and passengers.”
This is DENSO’s second PACE Award. Its Very High-Pressure Solenoid Fuel Injection System won a
PACE Award in 2004. DENSO will continue to help create an advanced automotive society by
developing technologies that can improve comfort and environmental performance of vehicles.
About the PACE Awards:
For over 20 years the Automotive News PACE Awards have honored superior innovation,
technological advancement and business performance among automotive suppliers. This
prestigious award is recognized around the world as the industry benchmark for innovation.
The 2015 Automotive News PACE Awards were presented on April 20, 2015 at the Max M. Fisher
Music Center in Detroit.
About DENSO Corporation:
DENSO Corp., 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 and employs nearly 140,000 people. Consolidated global sales for the
fiscal year ending March 31, 2014, totaled US $39.8 billion. Last fiscal year, DENSO spent 9
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.
About DENSO in North America:
Currently, in North America, DENSO employs more than 17,000 people at 33 consolidated
companies and affiliates. Of these, 28 are manufacturing facilities located in the United
States, Canada and Mexico. In the U.S. alone, DENSO employs more than 14,000 people in
California, Alabama, Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia,
Iowa, Ohio, Arkansas and Pennsylvania. DENSO’s North American consolidated sales totaling $7.9
billion for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2014.
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