1921 Mitsubishi Electric Corporation established
1931 First Mitsubishi Electric elevator
1953 First Mitsubishi Electric television
1973 US operations established
1980 First outdoor color video Diamond Vision display (Dodger Stadium)
1984 World's first spiral escalator
1997 America's first plasma TV
2010 Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America named GM Supplier of the Year (11th straight year)
2011 Awarded contract to install the world's fastest elevators (59 feet/second, Shanghai Tower)
2012 Emmy® Award for Pioneering Development of Large-Venue, Large-Screen Direct View Video Displays
Mitsubishi Electric is composed of a wide range of operations. The primary business units are listed below. Together, these ten business units produce most of Mitsubishi Electric's revenue. Due to the wide applicability of MERL's research, MERL works with them all.
Programmable controllers, AC servo systems, inverters, industrial robots, processing machines.
Charging & starting products, electrification products, electric power steering system products, safety and driving assistance system products, car multimedia products.
It is worthy of note that there are over 30 major independent companies in the world that use the word "Mitsubishi" in their names. These companies include Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Mitsubishi Corporation, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings and Mitsubishi Motors, all of which are also among the world's largest companies. They have shared roots in 19th century Japan; however, they have been separate for many years and Mitsubishi Electric has been separate from all of them since its founding in 1921.
A significant part of Mitsubishi Electric's sales are in North America and many of Mitsubishi Electric's business units have North American subsidiaries. The largest US operations are listed below (see also www.us.mitsubishielectric.com).
Mitsubishi Electric has a global R&D network comprising five laboratories. The chart below summarizes the primary activities of these labs. MERL collaborates with all of these labs.
Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories (MERL)
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
Communications, Multimedia, Data Analytics, Imaging and Mechatronics Technologies.
Mitsubishi Electric R&D Centre Europe B.V. (MERCE)
Rennes, France and Livingston, UK
Conducts research and development of environment and energy technology and communications technology.