DENSO VP Recognized as 2021 Manufacturing Leadership Awards Winner for Work in Digital Transformation

May. 20, 2021

Raja Shembekar, VP of DENSO’s North America Production Innovation Center, honored for enabling manufacturing excellence

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (May 20, 2021) – DENSO, a leading mobility supplier, today announced that Raja Shembekar, vice president of its North America Production Innovation Center, has won a Manufacturing Leadership Award from the Manufacturing Leadership Council for his outstanding achievement in the Digital Transformation category. Shembekar was recognized at the Council’s virtual awards gala on May 19.

Shembekar earned the honor for leading DENSO’s efforts to integrate Industry 4.0 technologies and processes into the company’s manufacturing operations. These have included the implementation of:

  • Industrial internet of things (IoT), which contribute to DENSO’s Factory IoT Platform connecting 130 production facilities worldwide;

  • Automation technologies for fully- and semi-autonomous robotics;

  • Enhanced cybersecurity and IoT infrastructure; and

  • New collaborators for innovation, such as Drishti, a startup DENSO works with on AI for action-recognition technology and quality inspection, as well as data analytics, including predictive failure analytics.

“I am grateful to be recognized as a digital transformation leader, but it would not be possible without the support and expertise of our DENSO team and partners,” said Shembekar. “At DENSO, we are always looking for new ways to optimize efficiency, improve quality, reduce our carbon footprint and enhance how we serve customers. We’ll continue to explore how connected technologies can benefit all these areas.”

DENSO’s commitment to digital transformation aligns closely with its company direction. It is key in helping DENSO realize its:

  • Second Founding, the company’s 2017 strategy to expand its software focus and prepare for a less vehicle-centric mobility landscape. 

  • Long-term Policy 2030, which strives to enrich society with new offerings that enhance mobility and achieve sustainability, happiness and peace of mind for everyone.

  • Two great causes: Green – to act environmentally friendly – and Peace of Mind – to create a safe and seamless world for all.

  • 2035 carbon neutral goal, prioritizing manufacturing, green products and energy use.

The Manufacturing Leadership Awards honor manufacturing companies and individual manufacturing leaders who are shaping the future of global manufacturing. Winning projects and individuals have demonstrated achievement in one of a wide range of categories, and are chosen by a panel of expert judges for results that have delivered clear and compelling value, return on investment, and other tangible outcomes. The Manufacturing Leadership Council is a division of the National Association of Manufacturers.

On June 29, DENSO will host a virtual plant tour with the Manufacturing Leadership Council, highlighting how the company uses digitalization to support and boost human outputs in production. To register, click here.


DENSO is a $44.6 billion global mobility supplier that develops advanced technology and components for nearly every vehicle make and model on the road today. With manufacturing at its core, DENSO invests in its 200 facilities to produce thermal, powertrain, mobility, electrification, & electronic systems, to create jobs that directly change how the world moves. The company’s 168,000+ employees are paving the way to a mobility future that improves lives, eliminates traffic accidents, and preserves the environment. Globally headquartered in Kariya, Japan, DENSO spent 10.0 percent of its global consolidated sales on research and development in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2021. For more information about global DENSO, visit

In North America, DENSO is headquartered in Southfield, Michigan, and employs 27,000+ engineers, researchers and skilled workers across 51 sites in the U.S, Canada and Mexico. In the United States alone, DENSO employs 17,700+ employees across 14 states (and the District of Columbia) and 41 sites. In fiscal year ending March 31, 2021, DENSO in North America generated $9.3 billion in consolidated sales. DENSO is committed to advancing diversity and inclusion inside the company and beyond – a principle that brings unique perspectives together, bolsters innovation and pushes DENSO forward. Join us, and craft not only how the world moves, but also your career: For more information, go to