Sources: Large automotive components manufacturer looking for space in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh’s autonomous vehicle and robotics industries may be on the brink of attracting a big international newcomer looking to establish a presence here.

Sources familiar with the search indicate that Denso Corp., a publicly traded company based in Japan that generated more than $48 billion in revenue last year and employs 170,000 people worldwide, is scouting the region to establish an office in the city in the vicinity of Robotics Row, which extends from the Strip District to Lawrenceville.

Touting itself in quarterly reports as the “world’s second-largest mobility supplier in the world,” Denso has been seeking a modest-sized office of 10,000 square feet in the city, sources say, focusing in the Strip in particular.

Sources were unclear how likely Denso was to establish an office in Pittsburgh and when. The Southland, Michigan-based company also has offices in Silicon Valley and San Diego and recently opened an innovation lab in Seattle.