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Toshiba opens engineering, prod'n center in Yokohama

Posted: 10 Feb 2014 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Toshiba Corp. has revealed that it will inaugurate the power engineering and production hub that has been constructed since 2012 at its Keihin Product Operations in Yokohama. According to the company, the center will operate as a global center for key engineering and manufacturing functions for the energy-related business of the Toshiba Group.

The facility aims to develop, design and market thermal, hydro and renewable energy generation systems, etc., and will further enhance Toshiba's sophisticated "monozukuri" capabilities, the firm noted. It will allow Toshiba to raise the level of its cooperation with and support for its overseas operations.

The center boasts modern ICT environment to carry out engineering, design, procurement and the other functions necessary to prompt global collaboration and communication and to boost the engineering quality, productivity and efficiency.

Toshiba's engineering hub in Yokohama

Global engineering & production center, Keihin Product Operations

The building is designed to withstand natural disasters to secure business continuity. Its features include an earthquake-resistant structure and an emergency, off-grid power generation system installed on a raised floor for protection against tsunami. Equipped with a cutting-edge building energy management system (BEMS) and energy-efficient facilities, the center is expected to cut energy consumption in 2014 by 33 percent, noted the firm. Furthermore, the center was rated as class S (excellent) by the city of Yokohama as per its Comprehensive Assessment System for Built Environment Efficiency (CASBEE).

Toshiba will facilitate close collaboration between the center and its other operations both in and outside of Japan so as to globally promote its power generation business to meet the growing energy demand, especially in the emerging economies. The company established the Smart Community Center in Kawasaki as a focal point for its smart community business and Toshiba JSW Power Systems Private Ltd to provide manufacturing, maintenance and service work for power generation systems in India.

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