Mitsubishi Electric facility to include transmission and distribution systems center

Mitsubishi expects to expand its infrastructure-system businesses over the medium to long term, especially in view of increasing demand for energy infrastructure

Mitsubishi Electric Corp. plans to build a new engineering facility in Kobe, Japan to strengthen its engineering framework as part of expanding the company's infrastructure-system business in fields including public projects, power generation and rolling stock. Mitsubishi is investing the equivalent of $40.5 million in the facility.

The Kobe Works will include, when completed, a control and monitoring systems center, an energy systems center, a power plant/systems and particle beam processing systems center, a transmission and distribution systems center, and a power transmission and distribution systems protection center.

Mitsubishi said it expects to expand its infrastructure-system businesses over the medium to long term, especially in view of increasing demand for energy infrastructure. The new facility will help to increase operational efficiency by consolidating engineer workforces engaged in design and development. It will also provide increased space for manufacturing and test-control equipment.

The facility, which will be located in Japan's Hyogo Prefecture, will have about 15,600 square meters of floor space. The target date of construction completion is March 2014, with start of operations scheduled for April 2014.

The facility will include green energy measures, including energy efficient LED lighting, energy efficient transformers and air conditioners, and about 700 square meters of rooftop vegetation.

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