Mitsubishi Electric to Build Integrated Factory for VI/VCB Production

Efficient production solutions will meet rising global demand while raising company’s market share

TOKYO--()--Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TOKYO:6503) announced today that it would build an integrated factory for the production of vacuum interrupters (VI) and vacuum circuit breakers (VCB) at its Power Distribution Systems Center in Marugame, Japan. Operation is scheduled to start in July 2018. The company will utilize its original “e-F@ctory” concept knowhow to realize innovative IoT-based efficient production. Mitsubishi Electric expects to raise VI and VCB sales to 12 billion yen by 2025.

Demand for VI/VCB products is expected to expand globally in the mid to long term due to the increasing introduction of renewable-energy equipment and the renewal of distribution equipment at power utilities, railways, factories and others. Mitsubishi Electric’s new factory will help to secure the required production capacity and raise its competitiveness in the VI/VCB market. As a result, the company expects to grow its market share and develop new markets globally.

The company’s e-F@ctory concept makes use of cutting-edge technologies to visualize information and integrates with high-level manufacturing-execution systems for improved production. The new factory will leverage this knowhow to unify production information, from order receipt through assembly to shipment, for enhanced productivity and product quality. Further, e-F@ctory concept initiatives will be used to improve cycle speeds and shorten lead times.

Uptime will be increased by consolidating the company’s VI production and VCB assembly factories, which had been dispersed within the Power Distribution Systems Center. The new factory will reduce the environmental footprint and energy consumption of these operations by adopting the latest energy-saving equipment and energy-loss visualization knowhow.

 

VI/VCB Production Factory

Location     8 Horai-cho, Marugame, Kagawa Prefecture, Japan
Building     Approx. 14,200m2
Structure     Two-story steel-frame
Groundbreaking     March 2017
Completion     January 2018
Start of operation     July 2018
Main facility     Production, test area, office, and design area
   

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Contacts

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
Customer Inquiries
Power Distribution Systems Center
www.MitsubishiElectric.com/ssl/contact/bu/powersystems/form
www.MitsubishiElectric.com/products/energy/index.html
or
Media Inquiries
Niels Meinke, +81-3-3218-2831
Public Relations Division
prd.gnews@nk.MitsubishiElectric.co.jp
www.MitsubishiElectric.com/news/