Toshiba today announced that it will expand its state-of-art No. 5 semiconductor fabrication facility (Fab 5) at Yokkaichi Operations in Mie, Japan, to secure manufacturing space for NAND flash memories fabricated with next generation process technology and for future 3D memories. Fab 5 second phase construction will start at the end of August this year and be completed in summer next year. Decisions on equipment investment and production will reflect market trends.
Factory. Along with installing a container-type facility (Photo 1, 2) that enables plants to be efficiently grown as raw
materials for active ingredients, a test farm (Photo 2) was also set up and will commence full-scale operation from
April. With this initiative, Shiseido will embark on the development of safe and reliable plant raw materials that are
traceable to their source.
Today Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, (MHI) began construction of the "MIHARA Test Center," Japan's first comprehensive railway transportation system verification facility, at the Wadaoki Plant of its Mihara Machinery Works in Hiroshima Prefecture. The test center - which takes its name both from its location and from the acronym "Multipurpose Integrated Highly Advanced Railway Applications" - will have a 3.2 kilometers (km) long loop track capable of accommodating various international standards. Operation is slated to commence in the first half of 2014. Plans call for the center to welcome use by outside entities such as other companies, government offices and organizations.
Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation (TMSC; headquarters: Otawara, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan; president and CEO: Satoshi Tsunakawa) has started operation of a newly established medical equipment production facility in Campinas, São Paulo State, Brazil. An opening ceremony was held in Campinas on March 13th.
Denso today announced that it will build an evaluation facility to strengthen its development of power electronics products, such as inverters used in hybrid vehicles worldwide, on the site of its Anjo Plant in Anjo, Aichi, Japan. With an investment of 11.5 billion yen (approx. US$126 million*), construction of the facility is scheduled to begin on March 1, 2013, and be completed by late November. The facility will begin operations in April 2014.