TOKYO -- Denso Corp., the world's No. 2 auto parts supplier, aims for a bigger stake of the global hybrid car market by standardizing its electric-gasoline drivetrain technology for sale to automakers other than Toyota Motor Corp. It also may begin production of lithium ion batteries, something rival Robert Bosch GmbH plans to do with partner Samsung SDI starting in 2011.
Denso is a leader in supplying inverters, battery and engine control units, sensors and electric compressors for hybrids. Most of those sales go to Toyota, the Japanese supplier's top customer and biggest shareholder, with a 23 percent stake in Denso.
"We would like to supply our components to all customers," said Hiromi Tokuda, executive vice president in charge of r&d. The products would share underpinnings with the components made for Toyota but be tailored to the specifications of carmakers.