FEDERAL Minister for Industry Ian Macfarlane has officially opened Denso's state-of-the-art test facility, the Research and Development Centre, at its manufacturing headquarters, Australian Automotive Air.
"It is great to see an Australian-based automotive producer who is investing a significant amount of money in research and development to strengthen the position of our industry for the future," Mr Macfarlane said.
The centre includes a Climatic Chamber, a Noise Vibration Room, and a Vehicle Maintenance Workshop.
Climatic Chamber -- re-creating 'real world' conditions.
* Full spectrum sunlight system.
* -20° to +50°C temperature control.
* 0 to 110km/hr air speed wind tunnel.
* 4WD-capable chassis dynanometer.
Noise Vibration Room - low noise environment for testing automobile systems.
* Air Flow Noise.
* Fan/Pump noise.
* A/C Noise.
* Infra-red lighting system for heat load.
Vehicle Maintenance Workshop
* Pre-testing vehicle preparation.
* Prototype parts testing.
Australian Automotive Air managing director Russell Pettis said the multi-million dollar centre signaled Denso's commitment to further enhancing the technological capability of the Australian automotive industry, adding vision and strength towards its long term future.
"All major local car manufacturers will have the opportunity to utilise the new facility, further enhancing local knowledge, production and automotive design,” Mr Pettis added.
Denso Corporation is a leading global supplier of advanced technology, systems and components. Its customers include all the world's major carmakers.
Worldwide, the company employs 104,000 people in 31 countries and regions. Consolidated global sales for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2005 totalled $US26 billion.