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Mitsubishi Electric to Build New Production Facility for Factory Automation Equipment at Nagoya Works

Stronger production structure to meet increased global demand for FA products

Tokyo, July 10, 2012 - Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TOKYO: 6503) announced today that it will build a new production facility for factory automation products at the company's Nagoya Works, located in Aichi Prefecture, Japan. The 6.5 billion yen facility is expected to start operation in January 2014, and will play a key role in meeting the growing global demand created by the acceleration of factory automation, especially in China and other Asian countries. Mitsubishi Electric will target consolidated annual sales of 600 billion yen from its factory automation systems business by March 2016.

The new facility will enable increased production of programmable controllers, as well as enhance production capacity for key components in the company's drive control equipment manufactured around the world. Through cooperation with R&D and design sections, the facility will also incorporate advanced manufacturing technologies to enhance product competitiveness, as well as efficient, energy-saving equipment to reduce power consumption. In response to demand for stable product supplies following the Great East Japan Earthquake, the new building will feature a seismic isolation structure to ensure business continuity in the event of a large earthquake.

Recent labor shortages, the rise in wages and a demand for high-quality products have rapidly led to increased factory automation. To meet the demand from the expanding global market for automation equipment, Mitsubishi Electric is currently engaged in building a market-oriented production structure in China, India and other countries, as well as strengthening its manufacturing base in Japan.

Rendition of new production facility at Nagoya Works

Rendition of new production facility at Nagoya Works

In light of the company's increasing global production volume, it is critical to expand the capacity of its Nagoya Works, the company's principal facility for automation equipment production, to ensure supplies of key parts to Mitsubishi Electric's factory automation lines worldwide.

Location Higashi-ku, Nagoya-City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
Building area Approximately 5,000 square meters
Floor space Approximately 26,000 square meters
Structure RC building, 6 floors, seismic isolation structure
Production items - Factory automation equipment (programmable controllers)
- Key components of drive control equipment
Scheduled completion December 2013
Start of operations January 2014
Investment Approximately JPY 6.5 billion
Eco-conscious and
energy-efficient measures
- 50 kilowatt photovoltaic system
- LED lighting
- Energy management systems utilizing FA total solution 'e&eco-F@ctory'