Technology is Mitsubishi Electric’s core competence, and R&D powers our technological and business development. We undertake R&D to drive corporate growth, and to create value by addressing the key social issues of the day: aging populations, urban congestion, global warming, energy and water shortages, and more.
Harnessing our strengths as a comprehensive manufacturer of electronics, we develop common technologies that create synergies. Through our efforts, we hope to realize a safer, more sustainable society.
A leader in patents
Mitsubishi Electric is an R&D leader, both in Japan and globally. In Japan, we’re number one in registered patents*1, we have been top for patent asset size for four consecutive years*2, and are in the top ten for R&D expenditures*3. Where the fruits of our efforts are truly reflected is in our prestigious second ranking*4 in international patent applications. Our wide array of businesses fosters new perspectives among our researchers, and this sparks new discoveries and synergies.
- *1 Source: Japan Patent Office, for 2018.
- *2 Source: Nihon Keizai Shimbun on November 9, 2018, for fiscal year ended 2018.
- *3 Source: Nihon Keizai Shimbun on July 31, 2018, for fiscal year ended 2019
- *4 Source: World Intellectual Property Organization, for 2018.
A global R&D network
At R&D facilities in Japan, the USA, the UK, France and China, our researchers focus on different technological themes. What they all share, however, is a human-centric approach to development that is based on listening to local needs. To maximize our R&D activities, we also promote open innovation by working proactively with universities and other external R&D institutions.
Common technology platforms for all products
We focus our R&D efforts on technology platforms that can be used across our product portfolio. One example is our Maisart* brand of artificial intelligence (AI) technology. In the development process, we’re able to tap into our know-how in equipment for factories, buildings, vehicles and other applications to take greater advantage of AI. By making devices smarter, we hope to help realize a safer, more convenient society.
*Mitsubishi Electric's AI creates the State-of-the-ART in Technology
Technology for a better future
With its deep learning, reinforcement learning and big data analysis capabilities, our Maisart AI platform is being actively utilized in technology and product development. And though we already have numerous applications under development, we are really just beginning to tap into AI’s true potential to support advances in industry and improvements in the quality of life.
We’re developing novel technologies in many areas as well. These innovations will provide enhancements in safety, comfort, communication, manufacturing efficiency, and so much more.
Take a closer look at the advanced technologies that will transform the future.