Sharing Our Values


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: ageing 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 realise a safer, more sustainable society.

A leader in patents

Mitsubishi Electric is an R&D leader, both in Japan and globally. In Japan, we rank second in terms of the number of patent registrations*1, we have been top for patent asset size for six consecutive years*2 and are also in first place for the number of design registrations*3. Where the fruits of our efforts are truly reflected is in our prestigious third 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 2020
*2 Source: Patent Result Co., Ltd., from 2015 to 2020
*3 Announced by the Japan Patent Office (total from Jan to Dec 2020)
*4 Announced by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) (total from Jan to Dec 2020)

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 maximise 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 realise 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 utilised 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.

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