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Mitsubishi Electric to Build New Engineering Facility in Kumamoto

Will accelerate new technologies and devices for TFT-LCD modules for industry and automotives

TOKYO, October 22, 2013- Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TOKYO: 6503) announced today that it will construct a new engineering facility in Kikuchi, Kumamoto Prefecture of southern Japan to accelerate development of liquid crystal display technologies and devices for fields including general industry and automotives. The one-billion-yen facility is expected to start operating in January 2015.

Rendition of new engineering facility

Rendition of new engineering facility

The new engineering facility will strengthen the company's TFT-LCD module technologies and accelerate development of related products, particularly those for which demand is growing and diversifying. Related design and development departments will be moved here from the existing Kumamoto Factory, helping to facilitate interaction between the departments while enhancing operational efficiency. The facility will be adjacent to the Shisui Factory of Melco Display Technology Inc. (MDTI), Mitsubishi Electric's manufacturing base for TFT-LCD modules.

Mitsubishi Electric's high-quality color TFT-LCDs are used in wide-ranging applications including POS terminals, bank ATMs, production-line displays and automotive displays for car navigation, center information displays, cluster meter displays and more.

Facility Outline
Location 1576-1 Sumiyoshi, Shisui-machi, Kikuchi, Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan
Building perimeter Approximately 2,000 square meters
Floor space Approximately 4,000 square meters
Structure 2-story steel frame
Purpose Design and development of TFT-LCD devices
Business units Department of Design Technology, Application Engineering, Quality Assurance, Production Planning, and Administration
Groundbreaking March 2014
Completion October 2014
Operations From January 2015 (sequential launch)
Investment Approximately JPY 1 billion
Green measures LED lighting, double-pane glass & energy-efficient air conditioners.