Essex Furukawa Named Quality Leader of the Year by DENSO

June 1, 2023

FORT WAYNE, IN – Essex Furukawa Magnet Wire, the largest global manufacturer of magnet and winding wire, was recognized with a 2022 Quality Leader Award from DENSO, a leading mobility supplier, during the company’s annual North America Business Partner Convention.

DENSO hosts the convention annually to bring together award-winning supplier representatives from across North America to highlight their exceptional contributions during the previous fiscal year. This year the event was held May 31st at Suburban Collection Showplace near Detroit, Michigan.

Essex Furukawa was one of 15 recipients to be awarded by DENSO.

North American President Jared Rowntree was in attendance and said that being recognized by an illustrious partner is truly an acknowledgement of the hard work being done across the global footprint of Essex Furukawa.

“Each day our team strives to push the boundaries of technology, sustainability, and innovation,” Rowntree said. “All of that is secondary to ensuring a consistent, quality, product.

“When a company like DENSO recognizes that, it is a big deal. We are very proud of this accomplishment.”

DENSO’s Business Partner of the Year Awards are given to companies that demonstrate a shared commitment to outstanding performance, exceptional quality, sustainability, diversity and inclusion, and to advancing mobility.

The partners also play important roles in DENSO’s ability to pursue its Two Great Causes: Green – achieving carbon neutrality by 2035 – and Peace of Mind – contributing to a safe and more seamless world for all.

“This past year has been defined by an urgent need to adapt and evolve for emerging mobility trends, from electrification to connectivity and much more,” said Mike Winkler, vice president of the North America Purchasing Group at DENSO. “All of our partners, but especially these award recipients, have been crucial in helping us navigate such changes and deliver for our customers – quickly, sustainably and with enhanced value.”

Essex Furukawa has been supplying DENSO with magnet wire and insulation in North America, Europe, Asia and Japan for four decades. It is also leading the magnet wire industry with its sustainability efforts through its flagship program, Vision 2030: A Sustainable Future, Our Driving Force.

About Essex Furukawa Magnet Wire

Essex Furukawa Magnet Wire LLC is the leading, global provider of magnet wire that is used by most major OEMs, Tier 1 suppliers, and industry leaders in the automotive, energy, industrial, and commercial & residential sectors. The Atlanta-based company is a global joint venture formed in 2020 between Essex Magnet Wire and Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd., both leaders in magnet wire product development, and custom solutions. The combined entity, relying on the strengths of both Essex Magnet Wire and Furukawa Electric, draws on more than two centuries of combined experience and knowledge to push forward innovation while also remaining focused on delivering manufacturing excellence and outstanding customer service.


Globally headquartered in Kariya, Japan, DENSO is a $47.9 billion leading mobility supplier that develops advanced technology and components for nearly every vehicle make and model on the road today. With manufacturing at its core, DENSO invests in around 200 facilities worldwide to produce cutting-edge electrification, powertrain, thermal and mobility electronics products, among others, that change how the world moves. In developing such solutions, the company’s 165,000 global employees pursue rewarding careers while paving the way to a mobility future that improves lives, eliminates traffic accidents and preserves the environment. DENSO spent around 9.0 percent of its global consolidated sales on research and development in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2023. For more information about DENSO’s operations worldwide, visit

In North America, DENSO is headquartered in Southfield, Michigan, and employs 27,000+ engineers, researchers, and skilled workers across nearly 50 sites in the U.S, Canada and Mexico. The United States alone, DENSO employs 17,500+ employees across 14 states (and the District of Columbia) at 41 sites. In the fiscal year ending March 31, 2023, DENSO in North America generated $11.3 billion in consolidated sales. DENSO is committed to advancing diversity and inclusion inside the company and beyond – a principle that brings together unique perspectives, bolsters innovation and pushes DENSO forward. To learn more about DENSO operations in the region and to review current career opportunities, please visit

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