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History of Fuji Electric

Fuji Electric continues to evolve in step with the times and with society,
with technology as our driving force.

  1. 1920
  2. 1930
  3. 1940
  4. 1950
  5. 1960
  6. 1970
  7. 1980
  8. 1990
  9. 2000
  10. 2010
  • Corporate History
  • Technology and Product History
1920
1923
Establishment of "Fuji Electric Manufacturing Co., Ltd."
"Fuji Electric Manufacturing Co., Ltd." was established as a capital and technology alliance between Japan "Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd." and German "Siemens AG". The company name derived from these two companies' first sound "Fu" and "Si"and the highest mountain in Japan, Mt. Fuji.

Company emblem, FS mark (Used from 1923 to 1978)
1924
Started operation of the "Kawasaki factory"
1924
Started manufacturing electrical machinery
1925
Started transformer production
1927
Began electric fan production
1930
1930
Launched mercury-vapor rectifier production
Imported mercury-vapor rectifier first in Japan and launched production in Kawasaki factory. Market share was high and contributed for transportation infrastructure organization.
1933
Started expansion circuit breaker production
1935
Established "Fuji Tsushinki Manufacturing Co., Ltd."(present "Fujitsu Limited") by spinning off the Telephone Department
1936
Built its first hydraulic turbine, 4,850HP Francis Turbine
Introduced technologies from "Voith Hydro Holding GmbH & Co. KG", and delivered the first hydraulic turbine to "Kaminoshiro power plant".
1937
Began watt-hour meter production
1940
1942
Started operation of the "Matsumoto factory"
1943
Started operation of the "Fukiage factory" and "Toyoda factory".
1944
Started operation of the "Mie factory"
1950
1954
Started ultra-compact magnetic switch production
Devised a design and realize microminiaturization.
1954
Began volume production of selenium rectifiers
In response to exploding demand for televisions and radios, Fuji Electric began volume production of selenium rectifiers, electronic components that convert alternating current (AC) to direct current (DC). The company soon took an 80%-90% share of the domestic selenium rectifier market.




1955
Started manufacturing juicers
Sales of juicers took off from around 1961, playing a role in a nationwide health movement (campaign).
1955
Full-scale foray into thermal power plant business
Signed a contract with "Siemens AG" for technology transfer of the steam turbine manufacturing. Subsequently delivered the first super-critical, variable pressure turbine in Japan, which was one of the largest in the country at the time. This move to import European technology marked a change of tack in a domestic power generation market dominated by US technology.
1958
Delivered the first electronic instrumentation system to a water treatment plant in Japan
1959
Began manufacturing silicon diodes
1960
1961
Started operation of the "Chiba factory"
1965
Electric propulsion system fitted to Antarctic exploration ship "Fuji"
Fuji Electric's propulsion system played active roll because of its speedy forward and backward proplusion functions. It enables to gain great propelling power from low speed.
1967
Developed earth-leakage circuit breakers
1968
Merged with "Kawasaki Denki Seizo Co., Ltd." and commenced operations at the "Kobe factory" and "Suzuka factory".
1969
Began production of vending machines
Used know-how as a vendor of refrigerated milk showcases to move into vending machines. Delivered 230 beverage vending machines to the 1970 "Osaka World Exposition", prompting the wider spread of domestically made vending machines.
1970
1970
Establishment of "Fuji Electric Corporation of America"
Sales of electrical machinery and equipment, semiconductor devices, drive control equipment, and devices in North America and Latin America.
1971
Developed centralized monitoring and control systems for power utility companies. First computerized control system in Japan, using the FACOM-R mini-computer
1971
Started hybrid IC manufacture
1973
Started operation of the "Otawara factory"
1973
Began production of selenium photoconductive drums
1976
Started manufacturing general-purpose inverters
First in the industry to develop general-purpose inverters. Led the market in creating smaller, more responsive and functional components, resulting in their adoption in a range of fields due to their energy-saving characteristics.
1978
Devised corporate symbol mark

Used from 1978 to 2002.
1978
Began research into "Amorphous solar cells"
1980
1981
Developed and commenced manufacture of electric propulsion system for ice-breaking ship Shirase
Installed the state of the art PLCs and mini computer which are rare for ships at the time and solid-state relay sequence and centered and automated monitoring systems. Realized durability for severe environmental conditions such as high temperature and high humidity around the equator, impacts and vibrations from advancing frozen seas etc.
1984
Changed company name : "Fuji Electric Co., Ltd."
1985
1st generation mini UPS “M-UPS Series” launched
Realized small and noise resistant UPSs by modifying MOSFETs for main circuit switching element. At the same time, utilized voltage dip controlling technology as frontrunner of the industry.
1985
Released the programmable logic controller “MICREX-F Series”
PLCs plays active roll in factory automation control equipment. Fuji Electric standardized networking function to PLCs for the first in the industry and was well-received.
1985
Developed 1,000kW phosphoric acid fuel cell
1987
Establishment of "Fuji Electric GmbH" (present "Fuji Electric Europe GmbH" )
Sales of electrical/electronic machinery and components in Europe and Africa.
1987
New IC chip for auto-focus cameras completed
1987
Developed IGBT module
1989
Establishment of "Fuji Electric Singapore Private Ltd." (present Fuji Electric Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd.)
Sales of electrical distribution and control equipment, drive control equipment, and semiconductor devices in Asia, Oceania and Middle East.
1990
1991
Introduced Corporate Philosophy
1991
Started operation of the "Yamanashi factory"
1991
Developed 2.5-inch magnetic disks
1991
Completed an ozone-based water treatment system
1993
Delivered the first generator (600MW output) of "Noshiro Power Station"
1994
Successful launch of Japan’s first "HII rocket"
The launch vehicle’s power control unit was fitted with an aerospace power transistor made by Fuji Electric.
1995
Establishment of "Fuji Electric Philippines, Inc."
Manufacture of semiconductor devices in Philippines.
1995
Establishment of "Fuji Electric France S.A.S"
Manufacture and sales of measurement and control devices in Europe, Africa and Middle East.
1995
Establishment of "Fuji Electric Korea Co., Ltd."
Sales of power distribution and control equipment, drive control equipment, rotators, high-voltage inverters, electronic control panels, medium- and large-sized UPS, and measurement equipment in Korea.
1995
Establishment of "Fuji Electric (Thailand) Co., Ltd."
Sales and engineering of electric substation equipment, control panels, and other electric equipment in Thailand.
1995
Successful field experiment of the world’s first linear-motor-driven vertical transport systems
1996
Establishment of "Fuji Electric (Malaysia) Sdn.
Manufacture of magnetic disk and aluminum substrate for magnetic disk in Malaysia.
1996
Establishment of "Fuji Electric Taiwan Co., Ltd."
Sales of semiconductor devices, electrical distribution and control equipment, and drive control equipment in Taiwan.
1996
Won order for IGBT main conversion devices used in electric railways (world’s first largecapacity flat IGBT)
1998
Delivered 100kW phosphoric acid fuel cell
Delivered the first fuel cells to domestic gas company. Since then, fuel cells installation spreads widely into hotels, education facilities, research facilities, hospitals, office buildings and overseas facilities.
1999
Establishment of "Fuji Electric FA (Shanghai) Co., Ltd." (present "Fuji Electric (China) Co., Ltd.")
Sales of locally manufactured or imported products in China, and export of locally manufactured products in China.
1999
New mini-UPS “J-Series” launched
Realized the world smallest and lightest power supply inverter systems. Received the Good Design Award in the year.
2000
2002
Devised corporate symbol mark, and Introduced corporate brand statement

Using from 2002.

Used from 2002 to 2012.
2002
Established biogas-powered fuel cell power generation system
Delivered Japan’s first fuel cell cogeneration system (incorporating two 100kW fuel cells) powered by digested sewage sludge gas.
2003
Changed company name owing to shift to pure holding company system "Fuji Electric Holdings Co., Ltd."
As core operating companies, "Fuji Electric Systems Co., Ltd." / "Fuji Electric FA Components & Systems Co., Ltd." / "Fuji Electric Device Technology Co., Ltd." / "Fuji Electric Retail Systems Co., Ltd.".
2006
Started operation of "Kumamoto factory"
2006
Commenced mass production of film substrate "Amorphous solar cells"
Began mass producing flexible "Amorphous solar cells" based on plastic film substrate.
2007
Started mass production of perpendicular magnetic recording media
Full-scale mass production of world’s largest capacity 2.5-inch glass substrate media (160GB/disk), 3.5-inch aluminium substrate media (334GB/disk).
2008
Establishment of "Fuji Electric Semiconductor (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd."
Manufacture of semiconductor devices in Malaysia.
2008
Established "METAWATER Co., Ltd." (joint venture with "NGK Insulators, Ltd.")
2008
"Fuji Electric FA Components & Systems Co., Ltd." Merged operation with "Schneider Electric Japan Ltd."
2009
Establishment of "Fuji Electric India Pvt. Ltd."
Sales of drive control equipment and semiconductor devices in India.
2009
High-voltage drop/dip compensator using a lithiumion capacitor released.
The world’s first embedded lithium-ion capacitor realized environmental load reduction in a significantly smaller package.
2010
2010
Developed a new three-level converter circuit and a new three-level power module, realizing highly efficient electric power conversion
It reduces the power loss of power conversion equipment including power supplies and invertors?and a New 3-Level Power Module.
It applied power conditioners for renewable energy sources such as photovoltaic power and wind power, UPS and inverter.
2010
140MW geothermal power plant, the largest single-unit capacity in the world, started operation (New Zealand "Nga Awa Purua Power Station")
The Fuji Electric has been developing its geothermal power generation business since the 1970s in Southeast Asia, New Zealand, the United States, Iceland, and other countries around the world, and has succeeded in installing numerous geothermal power systems.
2010
High-speed electric vehicle battery charger went on sale
Charging and CAN communication control which is core of the CHAdeMO standard, is developed by condensing know hows of electric distribution and control technologies and energy management system's information control technologies.
2010
Delivered micro-grid system to outlying islands, and took part in installation and verification testing
Delivered micro-grid systems to outlying islands. The systems stabilize electric system by controlling fuel cells' random discharge, generated from photovoltaic generations and wind power generations.
2010
Development of next-generation SiC module power semiconductor
We realize the volume of conventional about 1/4 and there are few electricity losses and develops the SiC module which can plan high efficiency of the power control.
2011
Changed company name : "Fuji Electric Co., Ltd."
Merger of "Fuji Electric Holdings Co., Ltd." with "Fuji Electric Systems Co., Ltd."
2011
Establishment of "GE Fuji Meter Co., Ltd." (joint venture with "General Electric")
2011
Merger of "Fuji Electric Co., Ltd." with "Fuji Electric Device Technology Co., Ltd"
2011
Establishment of "PT Fuji Electric Indonesia"
Sales of inverters, servos, UPS, tools, and other component products in Indonesia.
2011
High-Voltage Inverter with Water-Cooling System “FRENIC 4800VM5” went on sale
The FRENIC 4800VM5 employs a water-cooling system to reduce the heat generated by conversion circuits. Compared to conventional air-cooling systems, the method achieves greatly improved cooling efficiency and allows the capacity of high-voltage inverters to be increased while their size is reduced.
2012
Devised corporate brand statement
<Brand Promise>
Through our pursuit of innovation in electric and thermal energy technology, we develop products that maximize energy efficiency and lead to a responsible and sustainable society.

Using from 2012.
2012
Merger of "Fuji Electric Co., Ltd." with "Fuji Electric Retail Systems Co., Ltd."
2012
"Development of inverter equipped with next-generation power semiconductor SiC-SBD, a first in Japan"
SiC-SBD was fitted with power conditioner systems and UPS.
2013
Establishment of "Fuji Electric Vietnam Co.,Ltd"
Sales of electrical distribution and control equipment and drive control equipment in Vietnam.

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