Denso Corporation today announced that Denso Manufacturing Kitakyushu Co., Ltd., the company’s subsidiary in Kitakyushu, Fukuoka prefecture, Japan, will expand its 40,000 square-meter facility by approximately 22,000 square meters. The new investment will total approximately 20 billion yen (approximately US$162 million) by fiscal 2010. “We decided to enhance our production capabilities in Kitakyushu, responding to growing vehicle production in the Northern Kyushu area,” said Nobuaki Katoh, senior managing director in charge of Denso’s Thermal System Business Group. With this expansion, the facility will begin producing fuel pump modules and windshield wiper links, and increase production volumes of its current products including air conditioning units, injector components for diesel common rail fuel injection systems, and engine cooling modules. The company also will start manufacturing resin housings for air conditioning units, components currently purchased externally. Construction for the expansion is scheduled to begin in August and be completed in March 2008. Production start is scheduled for May 2008. Denso Corporation, headquartered in Kariya, Aichi prefecture, Japan, is a global supplier of advanced technology, systems and components. Worldwide, the company employs approximately 112,000 people in 32 countries and regions, including Japan.