Denso Corporation (株式会社デンソー Kabushiki-Gaisha Densō) is a global automotive components manufacturer headquartered in the city of Kariya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan.
After becoming independent from Toyota Motors, Nippon Denso Co. Ltd. (日本電装株式会社 Nippon Densō Kabushiki-Gaisha), the former name of Denso, was founded in 1949. About 25% of the company is owned by Toyota Motor. Despite being a part of Toyota Group of companies, as of year ended March 2016, sales to Toyota Group accounts for less than 50% of the total revenue (44% of the revenue originate from other car manufacturers in Japan, Germany, U.S. and China). Currently, Denso ranks the second largest auto parts supplier in the world.
As of 2016, Denso Corporation consisted of 189 subsidiaries (63 in Japan, 34 in the Americas, 34 in Europe and 58 in Asia/Oceania) with a total of 151,775 employees. The company is further escalating its global production structure by establishing manufacturing complexes in India, Mexico and Indonesia in order to accommodate further global demand for their products. In 2013 Denso was listed at #242 on the Fortune Global 500 list with a total revenue of $43.1 billion.
The word Denso 電装 (Den-So) is derived from the two Japanese words Den-Ki (Electric) and So-Chi (Equipment).
Denso is conducting various Motorsport activities around the world including the FIA World Endurance Championship, Formula Nippon and Japan Super GT 500/300.
Toyota TS030 Hybrid which use a Denso Kinetic Energy Recovery System (which consists of: Motor Generator Unit (MGU), Electric Motor and Inverter) finished second in the 2013 24 Hours of Le Mans.