DENSO in Spain

DENSO in Spain

1989 established

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Greenfield sites allowed for growth

Established in June of 1989 in Sant Fruitós de Bages, located around 60 kilometers from Barcelona with the name VND, a joint venture with VALEO (50 percent) and NIPPONDENSO (50 percent) was built. While changing its name to NIPPONDENSO Barcelona S.A., production started in 1991. In 2004, DENSO Sistemas Termicos Espana S.A was established. At this greenfield site, production started in 2006. Both companies have seen significant expansion and sales growth.

High-tech in Spain

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Cutting-edge manufacturing

In Spain, DENSO produces electronics, information & safety, powertrain and thermal systems and components. This is done with the most up-to-date manufacturing technology befitting DENSO’s unique strength of Monozukuri (the art of making things).

1,612 employees at 3 sites

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Continuous training to nurture talent

In Spain, DENSO employs 783 people in Sant Fruitós de Bages and 335 people in Vigo. To assure the highest quality standards that the customers and the automotive market claim, DENSO invests in continuous internal and external training to make sure that talent, development and professional growth of every associate is granted.

DENSO in Europe

1972 established

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Continuous expansion throughout Europe

Since the Dutch already introduced the Japanese society to European culture in the 17th century, the first representative office was established in Amsterdam, The Netherlands In 1972. One year later the regional headquarters Nippondenso Europe (now DENSO International Europe) was established in Weesp, The Netherlands. Since then DENSO Europe grew and has sales companies and manufacturing plants all over Europe.  

Powered by Diversity

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Diversity in languages, cultures and locations

DENSO has 29 official group companies with over 40 locations in Europe (as of March 31, 2016). A total of European 14 languages are spoken (actually 15 if we include the DENSO operations in Morocco). And just imagine the cultural differences from North to South and from West to East. This is why we say “DENSO: Powered by our Diversity”. 

16,254 employees in 39 sites

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Meeting local needs Europe-wide

Winning customers’ trust and being a reliable supplier, DENSO in Europe expands its footprint to be close to its clients. DENSO also emphasizes human development to improve and strive for a better future.  



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DENSO Barcelona S.A. established

DENSO Barcelona S.A. established

in Sant Fruitós de Bages, located around 60 kilometers from Barcelona, with the name VND, a join venture with VALEO (50%) and NIPPONDENSO (50%). While changing its name to NIPPONDENSO starting production in 1991 with 63 associates and producing ignition coils.


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NIPPONDENSO Barcelona expands products and internal facilities.

Starts production of Electronic Control Units (ECU), air-conditioning ECU, and distributors. Receives a regional Quality award (Catalonia Government).


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Company name change from NIPPONDENSO to DENSO Barcelona in 1996

while expanding facilities for the 3rd time. Product portfolio includes new range of electronic and powertrain products such as body ECU, ignition stick coils and air flow meters.


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DENSO Barcelona expands

internally in powertrain area and externally in warehouse area. Includes 02 sensor, meter cluster and A/C panel as part of its portfolio products.


DENSO Sistemas Termicos Espana S.A. established

in Vigo.


DENSO Barcelona further expands

warehouse area and also a second internal expansion. Receives 10 years of best environmental practices by EMAS reward and a regional low accident award.


DENSO Sistemas Termicos Espana S.A. plant expansion.


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Facilities and operational expansion.

DENSO Barcelona executes its 8th expansion with more than 2000 m2 of new building for R&D and Inspection Center labs, a Talent and Development center and a brand new general office.
Launches one of the biggest self-consumption photovoltaic systems in Catalonia: 1000 solar panels that will reduce 100 tons of CO2 to the atmosphere on a yearly basis.
After 24 years of Japanese top management, for first time a local President is appointed.


More expansion.

DENSO Barcelona external facilities expansion to benefit associate care (canteen and resting area), and new building acquisition to reinforce its logistic and productivity operations.