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.
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.