1Parts North America Honors DENSO with Vendor of the Year Award

Grapevine, Texas and Staunton, Virginia – April 2, 2019 – DENSO Products and Services Americas, Inc., an affiliate of leading global automotive supplier DENSO Corp., has been named 2018 Vendor of the Year by 1Parts North America. The coveted industry award was announced during the Automotive Parts Services Group (The Group) national conference and expo in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.


“The entire DENSO team is deeply honored to receive this prestigious award,” said Frank Cisek, senior manager of DENSO’s aftermarket sales. “We take pride in our superior products and customer service. When our customers reward us like this, it inspires us to aim even higher.”


The prestigious award was presented to the DENSO team by Roy Kent and Mike Mohler of The Group and Alex Gelbcke, CEO of 1Parts. DENSO earned the award for its North American support of 1Parts partners Federated Auto Parts and the National Pronto Association, providing them world-class customer service and going above and beyond to help them increase market share.


“As The Group continues to expand its global footprint, it is imperative that our vendor partners have the capabilities to meet the needs of our members,” said Larry Pavey, CEO of The Group. “DENSO has been recognized for its commitment to helping our members grow their businesses. We congratulate DENSO on this award and thank them for their continued support of The Group membership.”


The recent award marks the second consecutive year 1Parts has honored DENSO. At The Group’s inaugural conference and expo in 2018, DENSO was named 1Parts Vendor of the Year for support of the group’s North American membership.



DENSO is a $48.1 billion global mobility supplier that develops advanced technology and components for nearly every vehicle make and model on the road today, including Toyota, Honda, FCA, GM, Ford, Volvo, and Mercedes-Benz. With manufacturing at its core, DENSO invests in its 220 facilities in 35 countries to produce thermal, powertrain, mobility, electrification, & electronic systems, to create jobs that directly change how the world moves. The company’s 170,000+ employees are paving the way to a mobility future that improves lives, eliminates traffic accidents, and preserves the environment. Globally headquartered in Kariya, Japan, DENSO spent 8.8 percent of its global consolidated sales on research and development in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018. For more information about global DENSO, visit https://www.denso.com/global.

In North America, DENSO employs 24,000+ engineers, researchers and skilled workers across 31 sites in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. In the United States alone, DENSO employs 17,000+ employees across 11 states and 25 sites. Headquartered in Southfield, Michigan, in fiscal year ending March 31, 2018, DENSO in North America generated $10.9 billion in consolidated sales.

Join us, and craft not only how the world moves, but also your career. For more information, go to https://www.denso.com/us-ca/en/.


About Automotive Parts Services Group

The Automotive Parts Services Group, also known as The Group, was created by the merger of efforts and resources of the Federated Auto Parts and National Pronto Association program groups on behalf of their respective members, creating one of the largest automotive parts supply networks in North America. For more information, visit www.thegroupapsg.com.


About Federated

Federated Auto Parts, headquartered in Staunton, Virginia, is one of the largest auto parts distribution and marketing organizations in North America. Federated is dedicated to supporting its customers with quality name brand parts, programs designed to grow their businesses, and experienced people who are knowledgeable in today’s evolving automotive technology. For more information, visit www.Federatedautoparts.com.


About Pronto

National Pronto Association is a North American organization headquartered in Grapevine, Texas and consisting of 92 shareholder owners. Pronto was formed in 1979 and is a leading automotive program distribution group with a focus on marketing, technology and buying. The group is a founding member of 1Parts Global Aftermarket Services, headquartered in Brussels, Belgium. Pronto members distribute name brand, OE and Pronto exclusive brand products. Pronto members are located in Canada, United States, Mexico and Puerto Rico. For more information, visit www.Pronto-Net.com.

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