Denso has opened its Central Technical Training Centre at its Maryville, Tennessee, facility.

The development is part of Denso’s 2017 commitment to invest US$1bn in the Maryville location.

The investment has helped Denso in Maryville expand its production of vehicle safety and electrification systems, create 1,000 jobs and establish new employee training opportunities.

“Denso’s manufacturing philosophy is to produce products in the region, for the region,” said Denso senior executive officer and CEO Corporation for North America, Kenichiro Ito.

“As a mobility supplier we manufacture products and systems for all major automakers in North America. It’s crucial we remain at manufacturing’s leading edge as we help our customers realise new mobility solutions.”

Denso plans to educate more than 1,500 employees annually at the training facility, which features labs focused on electrical, robotic and mechanical applications in manufacturing.

Denso employees will have access to more than 50 hands-on courses in production-related areas, including electrical, mechanical and mechatronic technologies, as well as automation fundamentals. In the future, course programming will expand into fields including cybersecurity, artificial intelligence and data analytics.

The Central Technical Training Centre’s opening comes after Denso invested US$1.95m last year in its thermal manufacturing facility in Battle Creek, Michigan, to open the North Technical Training Centre.

Denso’s Maryville location has nearly 5,000 employees and specialises in production of vehicle safety systems and electrification components.

The supplier has other Tennessee locations in Athens, Mount Juliet and Jackson.