Corporate DataHistory of Fuji Electric
Fuji Electric continues to evolve in step with the times and with society,
with technology as our driving force.
Technology and Product History
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.
Started manufacturing electrical machinery
Started operation of the "Kawasaki factory"
Started transformer production
Began electric fan production
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.
Started expansion circuit breaker production
Established "Fuji Tsushinki Manufacturing Co., Ltd."(present "Fujitsu Limited") by spinning off the Telephone Department
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".
Began watt-hour meter production
Started operation of the "Matsumoto factory"
Started operation of the "Fukiage factory" and "Toyoda factory".
Started operation of the "Mie factory"
Started ultra-compact magnetic switch production
Devised a design and realize microminiaturization.
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.
Started manufacturing juicers
Sales of juicers took off from around 1961, playing a role in a nationwide health movement (campaign).
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.
Delivered the first electronic instrumentation system to a water treatment plant in Japan
Began manufacturing silicon diodes
Started operation of the "Chiba factory"
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.
Supplied nuclear pressure vessels and other equipment to the Tokai Nuclear Power Plant
Released medium and large capacity UPS(200 kVA)
Developed earth-leakage circuit breakers
Merged with "Kawasaki Denki Seizo Co., Ltd." and commenced operations at the "Kobe factory" and "Suzuka factory".
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.
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.
Released cup-type coﬀee vending machines
Developed centralized monitoring and control systems for power utility companies. First computerized control system in Japan, using the FACOM-R mini-computer
Started hybrid IC manufacture
Started operation of the "Otawara factory"
Began production of selenium photoconductive drums
Released open showcases
Released installation-type ultrasonic flowmeter
Began manufacturing bipolar transistors
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.
Released Hot & Cold vending machines
Received an order for our ﬁrst full-scale geothermal power generation facility
40 MW unit for El Salvadorʼs electricity authority
Devised corporate symbol mark
Began research into "Amorphous solar cells"
Released the programmable logic controller “MICREX-P”
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.
Changed company name : "Fuji Electric Co., Ltd."
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.
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.
Developed 1,000kW phosphoric acid fuel cell
Establishment of "Fuji Electric GmbH" (present "Fuji Electric Europe GmbH" )
Sales of electrical/electronic machinery and components in Europe and Africa.
New IC chip for auto-focus cameras completed
Developed IGBT module
Supplied world's ﬁrst EIC integrated control system to a steel company
Began manufacturing 1st-generation IGBTs
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.
Introduced Corporate Philosophy
Developed 2.5-inch magnetic disks
Started operation of the "Yamanashi factory"
Completed an ozone-based water treatment system
Released gas-insulated switchgear
Delivered the first generator (600MW output) of "Noshiro Power Station"
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.
Establishment of "Fuji Electric Philippines, Inc."
Manufacture of semiconductor devices in Philippines.
Successful field experiment of the world's first linear-motor-driven vertical transport systems
Establishment of "Fuji Electric France S.A.S"
Manufacture and sales of measurement and control devices in Europe, Africa and Middle East.
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.
Establishment of "Fuji Electric (Thailand) Co., Ltd."
Sales and engineering of electric substation equipment, control panels, and other electric equipment in Thailand.
Establishment of "Fuji Electric (Malaysia) Sdn.
Manufacture of magnetic disk and aluminum substrate for magnetic disk in Malaysia.
Won order for IGBT main conversion devices used in electric railways (world's first largecapacity flat IGBT)
Establishment of "Fuji Electric Taiwan Co., Ltd."
Sales of semiconductor devices, electrical distribution and control equipment, and drive control equipment in Taiwan.
Supplied the worldʼs ﬁrst large-capacity ﬂat IGBT equipped main converters for Shinkansen trains
Expansion of 4th-generation IGBT product lineup
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.
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.
New mini-UPS "J-Series" launched
Realized the world smallest and lightest power supply inverter systems. Received the Good Design Award in the year.
Devised corporate symbol mark, and Introduced corporate brand statement
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.
Supplied an environmental radiation monitoring system
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.".
Established Dalian Fuji Bingshan Vending Machine Co., Ltd.
Started operation of "Kumamoto factory"
Commenced mass production of film substrate "Amorphous solar cells"
Began mass producing flexible "Amorphous solar cells" based on plastic film substrate.
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).
Establishment of "Fuji Electric Semiconductor (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd."
Manufacture of semiconductor devices in Malaysia.
Established "METAWATER Co., Ltd." (joint venture with "NGK Insulators, Ltd.")
"Fuji Electric FA Components & Systems Co., Ltd." Merged operation with "Schneider Electric Japan Ltd."
Establishment of "Fuji Electric India Pvt. Ltd."
Sales of drive control equipment and semiconductor devices in India.
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.
Began operation of the Tsukuba Factory
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Changed company name : "Fuji Electric Co., Ltd."
Merger of "Fuji Electric Holdings Co., Ltd." with "Fuji Electric Systems Co., Ltd."
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.
Establishment of "GE Fuji Meter Co., Ltd." (joint venture with "General Electric")
Released hybrid heat pump vending machines
Merger of "Fuji Electric Co., Ltd." with "Fuji Electric Device Technology Co., Ltd"
Establishment of "PT Fuji Electric Indonesia"
Sales of inverters, servos, UPS, tools, and other component products in Indonesia.
Devised corporate brand statement
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.
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.
Merger of "Fuji Electric Co., Ltd." with "Fuji Electric Retail Systems Co., Ltd."
"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.
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).
Released coﬀee machines for convenience stores
Establishment of "Fuji Electric Vietnam Co.,Ltd"
Sales of electrical distribution and control equipment and drive control equipment in Vietnam.
Began operation of the factory at "Fuji Electric Manufacturing(Thailand) Co.,Ltd"
Created new corporate brand emblem for products
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.
Established "Fuji SMBE Pte. Ltd."(Singapore)
Launched power electronics equipped wiht SiC power semiconductor
Completed new power semiconductor research and development building at "Matsumoto Factory"
Launched aerosol analyzers
Began contributing to elucidation of nature of PM2.5
Established "Reliable Turbine Services LLC"(United States)
Launched steamgeneration heat pumps
Started making contributions to energy savings through recycling of low-temperature factory exhaust heat
Established "Fuji N2telligence GmbH"(Germany)
Launched large-capacity UPS equipped with SiC power semiconductors for the North American market
Established "Fuji CAC Joint Stock Company"(Vietnam)
Launched 145 kV gas- insulated switchgears compatible with the standards of the International Electrotechnical Commission
Established "Fuji SEMEC Inc."(Canada)
Began shipping direct water-cooled power modules for automotive applications(Built-in RC-IGBT)
Completed new Companywide research and development building at "Tokyo Factory"
Established Fuji Gemco Private Limited (India)
Completed Power Electronics Technical Center (Suzuka)"
Delivered of one of Japanʼs largest geothermal binary plants
5050kW for Takigami Binary Power Plant
Supplied SiC equipped main converters for Shinkansen trains
Supplied exhaust gas cleaning systems for ships
Began shipping 7th-generation RC-IGBT for industrial equipment