Ratingen, Germany 4th July 2023
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TOKYO: 6503) announced on June 20, 2023, that it will invest an additional 42.5 billion yen, or approximately 275 million euros, to construct a second production building for the manufacture of factory automation (FA) control-system products at Owariasahi City, Aichi Prefecture part of its Nagoya Works campus. The initial investment, announced on March 28, 2022, was for a single production building due to start operations in April 2025. This plan is now being expanded to add a second production building with a planned start of operations slated for April 2027. Overall, this increases the total cumulative investment to 55.5 billion yen, or approximately 360 million euros.
[Source: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Japan]
Image Caption: Illustration of new production buildings at Owariasahi (Owariasahi City, Aichi Prefecture)
The two production buildings will be closely integrated to streamline their operations. As next-generation factories, both 5G communications and AI will be utilised, as well as advanced supply chain management (SCM) and engineering chain management (ECM) based on Mitsubishi Electric's "e-F@ctory"* concept. The expected benefits include accelerated productivity and quality-improvement cycles, shortened delivery times, and high-quality, high-efficiency production.
In addition to realising a highly automated production process, resistance to demand fluctuations will be strengthened by improving logistic efficiency through the use of autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) and synchronised production by utilising digital twins, to ensure customers can receive a stable supply of products.
Furthermore, through various CO2 reduction initiatives at the new facilities, Mitsubishi Electric will continue to contribute to the realisation of a carbon neutral society.
|First production building||Second production building|
|Location||5-1-1 Inaba-cho, Owariasahi City, Aichi|
|Building area||11,200 m2 (floor area: 33,600 m2)||6,000 m2 (floor area: 30,000 m2)|
|Structure||Reinforced concrete (earthquake resistant) with 3 floors above ground||Reinforced concrete (earthquake resistant) with 5 floors above ground|
|Items to be produced||FA control-system products|
|Start of operations||Sequential startup from April 2025||Sequential startup from April 2027|
|Total cost||55.5 billion yen, including 42.5 billion yen for second building|
|Environmental initiatives||e-F@ctory energy-monitoring system, LED lighting, photovoltaic systems, and biotopes|
The global demand for FA control-system products is expected to grow over the medium to long term due to increasing capital investment in the manufacturing sector, particularly in fields related to decarbonisation, such as electric vehicles (EVs) and lithium-ion batteries, and digital-related fields such as semiconductors and electronic components.
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Mitsubishi Electric Europe B.V., Factory Automation EMEA has its European headquarters in Ratingen near Dusseldorf, Germany. It is a part of Mitsubishi Electric Europe B.V. that has been represented in Germany since 1978, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Japan. The role of Factory Automation EMEA is to manage sales, service and support across its network of local branches and distributors throughout the EMEA region.
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e-F@ctory is Mitsubishi Electric’s integrated concept to build reliable and flexible manufacturing systems that enable users to achieve many of their high speed, information driven manufacturing aspirations. Through its partner solution activity, the e-F@ctory Alliance, and its work with open network associations such as the CC-Link Partners Association (CLPA), users can build comprehensive solutions based on a wide ranging “best in class” principle.
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