Corporate DataHistory of Fuji Electric

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

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  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

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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)
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1924

Started manufacturing electrical machinery

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1925

Started operation of the "Kawasaki factory"

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1925

Started transformer production

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1927

Began electric fan production

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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.

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1933

Started expansion circuit breaker production

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1935

Established "Fuji Tsushinki Manufacturing Co., Ltd."(present "Fujitsu Limited") by spinning off the Telephone Department

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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".

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1937

Began watt-hour meter production

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1942

Started operation of the "Matsumoto factory"

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1943

Started operation of the "Fukiage factory" and "Toyoda factory".

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1944

Started operation of the "Mie factory"

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1954

Started ultra-compact magnetic switch production

Devised a design and realize microminiaturization.

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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.

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1955

Started manufacturing juicers

Sales of juicers took off from around 1961, playing a role in a nationwide health movement (campaign).

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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.

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1958

Delivered the first electronic instrumentation system to a water treatment plant in Japan

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1959

Began manufacturing silicon diodes

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1961

Started operation of the "Chiba factory"

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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.

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1966

Supplied nuclear pressure vessels and other equipment to the Tokai Nuclear Power Plant

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1966

Released medium and large capacity UPS(200 kVA)

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1967

Developed earth-leakage circuit breakers

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1968

Merged with "Kawasaki Denki Seizo Co., Ltd." and commenced operations at the "Kobe factory" and "Suzuka factory".

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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.

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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.

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1970

Released cup-type coffee vending machines

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1971

Developed centralized monitoring and control systems for power utility companies. First computerized control system in Japan, using the FACOM-R mini-computer

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1971

Started hybrid IC manufacture

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1973

Started operation of the "Otawara factory"

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1973

Began production of selenium photoconductive drums

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1973

Released open showcases

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1974

Released installation-type ultrasonic flowmeter

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1975

Began manufacturing bipolar transistors

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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.

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1976

Released Hot & Cold vending machines

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1977

Received an order for our first full-scale geothermal power generation facility

40 MW unit for El Salvadorʼs electricity authority

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1978

Devised corporate symbol mark

Used from 1978 to 2002.
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1978

Began research into "Amorphous solar cells"

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1980

Released the programmable logic controller “MICREX-P”

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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.

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1984

Changed company name : "Fuji Electric Co., Ltd."

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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.

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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.

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1985

Developed 1,000kW phosphoric acid fuel cell

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1987

Establishment of "Fuji Electric GmbH" (present "Fuji Electric Europe GmbH" )

Sales of electrical/electronic machinery and components in Europe and Africa.

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1987

New IC chip for auto-focus cameras completed

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1987

Developed IGBT module

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1988

Supplied world's first EIC integrated control system to a steel company

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1988

Began manufacturing 1st-generation IGBTs

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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.

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1991

Introduced Corporate Philosophy

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1991

Developed 2.5-inch magnetic disks

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1991

Started operation of the "Yamanashi factory"

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1991

Completed an ozone-based water treatment system

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1991

Released gas-insulated switchgear

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1993

Delivered the first generator (600MW output) of "Noshiro Power Station"

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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.

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1995

Establishment of "Fuji Electric Philippines, Inc."

Manufacture of semiconductor devices in Philippines.

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1995

Successful field experiment of the world's first linear-motor-driven vertical transport systems

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1995

Establishment of "Fuji Electric France S.A.S"

Manufacture and sales of measurement and control devices in Europe, Africa and Middle East.

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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.

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1995

Establishment of "Fuji Electric (Thailand) Co., Ltd."

Sales and engineering of electric substation equipment, control panels, and other electric equipment in Thailand.

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1996

Establishment of "Fuji Electric (Malaysia) Sdn.

Manufacture of magnetic disk and aluminum substrate for magnetic disk in Malaysia.

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1996

Won order for IGBT main conversion devices used in electric railways (world's first largecapacity flat IGBT)

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1996

Establishment of "Fuji Electric Taiwan Co., Ltd."

Sales of semiconductor devices, electrical distribution and control equipment, and drive control equipment in Taiwan.

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1997

Supplied the worldʼs first large-capacity flat IGBT equipped main converters for Shinkansen trains

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1997

Expansion of 4th-generation IGBT product lineup

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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.

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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.

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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.

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2002

Devised corporate symbol mark, and Introduced corporate brand statement

Using from 2002.
Used from 2002 to 2012.
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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.

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2002

Supplied an environmental radiation monitoring system

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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.".

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2003

Established Dalian Fuji Bingshan Vending Machine Co., Ltd.

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2006

Started operation of "Kumamoto factory"

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2006

Commenced mass production of film substrate "Amorphous solar cells"

Began mass producing flexible "Amorphous solar cells" based on plastic film substrate.

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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).

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2008

Establishment of "Fuji Electric Semiconductor (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd."

Manufacture of semiconductor devices in Malaysia.

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2008

Established "METAWATER Co., Ltd." (joint venture with "NGK Insulators, Ltd.")

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2008

"Fuji Electric FA Components & Systems Co., Ltd." Merged operation with "Schneider Electric Japan Ltd."

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2009

Establishment of "Fuji Electric India Pvt. Ltd."

Sales of drive control equipment and semiconductor devices in India.

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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.

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2010

Began operation of the Tsukuba Factory

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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2011

Changed company name : "Fuji Electric Co., Ltd."

Merger of "Fuji Electric Holdings Co., Ltd." with "Fuji Electric Systems Co., Ltd."

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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.

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2011

Establishment of "GE Fuji Meter Co., Ltd." (joint venture with "General Electric")

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2011

Released hybrid heat pump vending machines

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2011

Merger of "Fuji Electric Co., Ltd." with "Fuji Electric Device Technology Co., Ltd"

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2011

Establishment of "PT Fuji Electric Indonesia"

Sales of inverters, servos, UPS, tools, and other component products in Indonesia.

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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.
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2012

Launched dedicated inverters for air-conditioning and water treatment systems, "FRENIC-HVAC" and "FRENIC-AQUA".

Feature a slim design that allows the units to be mounted against a wall and produced as specialized equipment loaded with the standard functions required to independently operate fans and pumps in air-conditioning equipment and water supply and drainage facilities.

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2012

Merger of "Fuji Electric Co., Ltd." with "Fuji Electric Retail Systems Co., Ltd."

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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.

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2012

Launched power conditioners for mega solar power generation systems.

Fuji Electric commercialized the world's first three-level module in which a new RB-IGBT and an existing IGBT are integrated in one package. Achieving world highest efficiency of 98.5% (DC 1,000 V product).

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2012

Released coffee machines for convenience stores

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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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2013

Began operation of the factory at "Fuji Electric Manufacturing(Thailand) Co.,Ltd"

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2014

Created new corporate brand emblem for products

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2014

Launched next-generation cold storage container, "D-BOX".

Powerless container; D-Box enables constant temperature control and traceability, providing customers with low-cost operations and marketing strategy options.

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2014

Established "Fuji SMBE Pte. Ltd."(Singapore)

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2014

Launched power electronics equipped wiht SiC power semiconductor

FRENIC-VG
Power conditioning sub-system for high-capacity mega solar use
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2015

Completed new power semiconductor research and development building at "Matsumoto Factory"

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2015

Launched aerosol analyzers

Began contributing to elucidation of nature of PM2.5

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2015

Established "Reliable Turbine Services LLC"(United States)

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2015

Launched steamgeneration heat pumps

Started making contributions to energy savings through recycling of low-temperature factory exhaust heat

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2016

Established "Fuji N2telligence GmbH"(Germany)

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2016

Launched large-capacity UPS equipped with SiC power semiconductors for the North American market

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2016

Established "Fuji CAC Joint Stock Company"(Vietnam)

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2016

Launched 145 kV gas- insulated switchgears compatible with the standards of the International Electrotechnical Commission

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2016

Established "Fuji SEMEC Inc."(Canada)

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2016

Began shipping direct water-cooled power modules for automotive applications(Built-in RC-IGBT)

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2016

Completed new Companywide research and development building at "Tokyo Factory"

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2016

Established Fuji Gemco Private Limited (India)

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2016

Completed Power Electronics Technical Center (Suzuka)"

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2017

Delivered of one of Japanʼs largest geothermal binary plants

5050kW for Takigami Binary Power Plant

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2017

Supplied SiC equipped main converters for Shinkansen trains

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2018

Supplied exhaust gas cleaning systems for ships

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2018

Began shipping 7th-generation RC-IGBT for industrial equipment

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2019

Released an on-site diagnostic system that uses analytics & AI