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Mitsubishi Electric Expands Power Device Business

Investment will meet rising demands for power devices to help conserve energy and reduce carbon emissions.

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Mitsubishi Electric Corp. announced it will acquire buildings and land from Sharp Fukuyama Semiconductor Co. Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Sharp Corp. located in Fukuyama, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan. The acquired properties will serve as a new site where Mitsubishi Electric’s Power Device Works will process wafers for the manufacture of power semiconductors. New production facilities scheduled to start up in November of next year will enable Mitsubishi Electric to expand its power device business. 

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The demand for power semiconductors needed to control electric power with efficiency is rapidly rising, according to the company. This is occurring in parallel with efforts to conserve energy and protect the global environment through carbon-reduction measures, including the ongoing electrification of automobiles worldwide. 

To meet this growing demand, Mitsubishi Electric conducted a search for potential new manufacturing sites. As a result, the company has reached an agreement with Sharp Corporation to acquire buildings and land from Sharp Fukuyama Semiconductor.

The new manufacturing site is located I Fukuyama, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan. The structure is a three-story building (46,500m2 total floor space), in which the company has invested about 20 billion yen (about $187 million USD). 

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