DENSO Spirit Spotlight: DENSO Employees in Michigan and North Carolina Produce Respirator Components to Support COVID-19 Efforts

May. 20, 2020 News Releases Other Topics

For weeks now, a team of spirited DENSO employees across three of its locations in Michigan and North Carolina quietly joined the effort to battle COVID-19 by taking on projects intended to protect health care workers. DENSO employees used their expertise in engineering, design, molding and manufacturing to support special customer and partner projects to produce respirator components. While a temporary shift in production, the DENSO team has been able to produce components to help increase the number of respirators in circulation during the pandemic.

The project is a demonstration of credibility, foresight and collaboration, or what we call DENSO Spirit.

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Agile Engineering & Design:
Earlier in March, DENSO’s engineering and sales teams, located at its North American headquarters in Southfield, Michigan quickly worked to support a customer request to bring powered air purifying respirators (PAPR) from design to production in just under 25 days. About 200 DENSO employees worked on this project, and the team – from global leadership, to DENSO’s design and manufacturing engineers, production experts, and security guard personnel – came together to collaborate with the customer at an accelerated speed.

“This has been a project that I am so proud to be a part of. The levels of dedication and commitment from our employees has been nothing short of amazing,” said Sergio Pujols, a director of research and development at DENSO and a leader one of the projects. “We jumped at the chance to support a greater need within our communities and do our small part to protect the health care workers who are risking their lives every day.”

 

Production Super Stars:
From mid-April, a small group of employees at DENSO’s Thermal facility in Battle Creek, Michigan, and Greenville, North Carolina, facility proudly produced medical equipment components for two separate projects.

“Not only are we grateful for the work our employees are doing, we’re also incredibly proud of how quickly they’ve pivoted from crafting auto parts to creating potentially life-saving equipment,” said Andris Staltmanis, Business Unit Leader of  DENSO’s Thermal Operations in North America. “We’re all looking forward to getting back to “normal” and doing what we do best – manufacturing parts that make the vehicles on our road safe and efficient – but we’re honored and humbled to support those who need it most right now during this pandemic.”

 

More about DENSO Spirit:
The DENSO Spirit expresses values and beliefs shared by our employees around the world that have driven us to contribute to the automotive industry and society as a whole since our establishment in 1949.