Mitsubishi Electric will be developing factory automation (FA) applications at its new collaborative engineering centre in China, which opened on April 1.
Located within the premises of Mitsubishi Electric Automation (China), the centre plans to hire 100 engineers by 2025.
In recent years, there has been a growing need for a variety of specialist applications for FA products in a wide range of industries, including automotive, logistics, food and beverage as well as digital-related fields like semiconductors, electronic components, and data centers, and more recently decarbonisation-related fields such as lithium-ion batteries.
To quickly respond to the changing needs of Chinese manufacturers, Mitsubishi Electric will leverage the new engineering centre to develop FA applications customised to the local market. The FA solutions will span custom functions, motion programs and custom screens for products ranging from programmable controllers and servos to human-machine interfaces (HMIs) and inverters.
Meanwhile, Mitsubishi Electric plans to open similar collaborative engineering centres in India and other countries in North America and Europe from 2023 onwards.
By 2025, Mitsubishi Electric plans to assign more than 200 engineers to these centres to fortify its FA product application development process and provide customised applications on a global scale.