History of Innovation

1921

Innovation01
  • Establishment of Mitsubishi Electric Corporation

1924

Innovation02
  • Production of first vertical-axle hydroelectric generator

1926

Innovation03
  • Completion of 25,000 kVA turbine manufactured for the Yawata Ironworks

1928

Innovation04
  • Debut of EF52, the first large-scale electric locomotive produced in Japan

1935

Innovation05
  • Commencement of elevator and escalator production

1956

Innovation06
  • Start of electric refrigerator business

1961

Innovation07
  • Development of Japan’s first IC chip, the Molectron

1964

Innovation08
  • Completion of radar equipment for the weather station atop Mt. Fuji

1968

Innovation09
  • Commercial release of Kirigamine wall-mounted split-type room air conditioner
Innovation10
  • Launch of MELCOM-81, representing the beginnings of the business computer
    *Recognized as “Future Technology Heritage” by the National Museum of Japan

1978

Innovation11
  • Commercial release of MELSEC-008 PLC
Innovation12
  • Development of the world’s first upright linear tracking record player

1980

Innovation13
  • Debut of Diamond Vision display at Dodger Stadium in the United States

1983

Innovation14
  • Mitsubishi Electric selected as principal contractor for Japan’s first domestically produced communications satellite (CS-3)

1985

Innovation15
  • Commercial release of the first Japanese-made 37-inch color television

1988

Innovation16
  • Development of the optical neurochip, a key device for realizing an optical neurocomputer

1990

Innovation17
  • Commercial release of the world’s first car navigation system incorporating GPS

1993

Innovation18
  • Delivery of HIMAC Particle Therapy System to National Institute of Radiological Sciences

1999

Innovation19

Photo courtesy of NAOJ

  • Completion of Subaru telescope for the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan facility on the summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii

2000

Innovation20
  • Adoption of MISTY® technology as encryption standard for 3rd-generation mobile phones

2003

Innovation21
  • Launch of OPTUS-C1, the first commercial satellite produced for overseas customers

2007

Innovation22
  • Completion of 173-meter-tall elevator testing tower (world’s tallest at the time)

2008

Innovation23
  • Launch of SUPERBIRD-C2, Japan’s first domestically produced commercial satellite

2009

Innovation24
  • Commercial release of the world’s first* rice cooker with no steam port
    *Put on sale February 1, 2009. Based on water-cooling steam recovery system
Innovation25

Photo courtesy of JAXA

  • Successful docking of “KOUNOTORI” (HTV) unmanned supply vehicle with International Space Station

2010

Innovation26
  • Installation of the world’s longest (at the time) video screen system at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai, UAE
Innovation27
  • GE-PON (Gigabit Ethernet Passive Optical Network) systems win “top share” status in Japan

2011

Innovation28
  • Completion of “Hayabusa” Series E5, holder of the Japanese speed record for a train

2013

Innovation29
  • Delivered the world’s first helicopter satellite communication system (HSA40) to Japan’s Fire and Disaster Management Agency (FDMA)

2014

Innovation30
  • Launched “SMART V2H,” a bi-directional inverter for electric vehicles, and the world’s first V2H (vehicle to home) system to mix electricity coming from electric vehicles, photovoltaic systems, and the commercial power supply
Innovation31
  • Unveiled world’s largest full ultra-HD video display* in Times Square, New York City
    *As of Nov. 18, 2014 (based on total area)