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Mitsubishi Electric to set up green facility in Japan

The manufacturer of silicon carbide based power devices has received green designation from Fukuoka Prefecture
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation has been designated as a "Green Asia Special Global Strategy Synthesis Area" company in Japan's Fukuoka Prefecture.

Under this designation, Mitsubishi Electric's Fukuoka-based Power Device Works, a base for the development and manufacture of power devices, will accelerate development of new technologies and products including SiC power devices.

Mitsubishi Electric develops and manufactures low-loss power devices. The new designation reflects the company's development of environmentally conscious, functional and cost-effective products, as well as production bases, which is a main goal of the Green Asia Special Global Strategy Synthesis Area project.

The firm plans to strengthen its power device technologies and capabilities, and accelerate product development at its Power Device Works by building a new facility where related design and development divisions will be consolidated, while also making further investments.

In addition to facilitating closer interaction between the divisions, the consolidation will free up space at the Works for new product sample evaluation, creating further operational efficiency. The company will concentrate on accelerating the development of new technologies and power device products for which demand is growing and becoming more diversified.

High-energy-performance power devices are used in products ranging from air conditioners, refrigerators and other consumer appliances to equipment for industry and railroads. The growing proliferation of hybrid and electric vehicles, solar- and wind-power generation and similar developments are expected to raise the global demand for power devices even further.

The new building is approximately 1,800 square metres and has a floor space of about 10,500 square metres. The plant is scheduled to be completed in February 2014 and is estimated to start being used the following month. The investment is approximately JPY 2.5 billion (or roughly $0.032 billion).

Kitakyushu and Fukuoka cities in Fukuoka Prefecture have been designated as Green Asia Special Global Strategy Synthesis Areas by the Japanese government based on the Cabinet Office's "Special Zone Measure" policy. Leveraging industries, technologies, human resources, networks and others resources accumulated in the region, projects are being carried out in line with four initiatives.

The first two aims are in exporting urban environmental infrastructure packages in Asia and developing environmentally conscious products along with their production bases. The other goals are to establish a resource recycling system and realising a borderless business environment in Asia.
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