08 History of Innovation

Building on a long
legacy of innovation

Our path to the future is built on an unbroken record of innovation and excellence. Our next century will carry on our tradition of “changes for the better.”


Establishment of Mitsubishi Electric Corporation

Production of first vertical-axle hydroelectric generator

Completion of 25,000 kVA turbine manufactured for the Yawata Ironworks

Debut of EF52, the first large-scale electric locomotive produced in Japan

Commencement of elevator and escalator production

Start of electric refrigerator business

Development of Japan’s first IC chip, the Molectron

Completion of radar equipment for the weather station atop Mt. Fuji

Commercial release of Kirigamine wall-mounted split-type room air conditioner

Launch of MELCOM-81,
representing the beginnings of the business computer

*Recognized as “Future Technology Heritage” by the National Science Museum of Japan

Commercial release of MELSEC-008 PLC

Development of the world’s first upright linear tracking record player

Debut of Diamond Vision display at Dodger Stadium in the United States

Mitsubishi Electric selected as principal contractor for Japan’s first domestically produced communications satellite (CS-3)

Commercial release of the first Japanese-made 37-inch color television

Development of the optical neurochip, a key device for realizing an optical neurocomputer

Commercial release of the world’s first car navigation system incorporating GPS

Delivery of HIMAC Particle Therapy System to National Institute of Radiological Sciences

Completion of Subaru telescope for the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan facility on the summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii

Photo courtesy of NAOJ

Adoption of MISTY® technology as encryption standard for 3rd-generation mobile phones

Launch of OPTUS-C1, the first commercial satellite produced for overseas customers

Completion of 173-meter-tall elevator testing tower (world’s tallest at the time)

Launch of SUPERBIRD-C2, Japan’s first domestically produced commercial satellite

Commercial release of the world’s first* rice cooker with no steam port

*Put on sale February 1, 2009. Based on water-cooling steam recovery system

Successful docking of “KOUNOTORI” (HTV) unmanned supply vehicle with International Space Station

Photo courtesy of JAXA

Installation of the world’s longest (at the time) video screen system at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai, UAE

GE-PON (Gigabit Ethernet Passive Optical Network) systems win “top share” status in Japan

Completion of “Hayabusa” Series E5, holder of the Japanese speed record for a train

Delivered the world’s first helicopter satellite communication system (HSA40) to Japan’s Fire and Disaster Management Agency (FDMA)

Launched “SMART V2H,” a bi-directional inverter for electric vehicles, and the world’s first V2H (vehicle to home) system to mix electricity coming from electric vehicles, photovoltaic systems, and the commercial power supply

Unveiled world’s largest full ultra-HD video display* in Times Square, New York City

*As of Nov. 18, 2014 (based on total area)
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