Acquisition of Automated Sorting Solution Company ASTES4 SA
Mitsubishi Electric has announced the acquisition of ASTES4 SA, a company based in Switzerland engaged in the development, production and sales of patented automated sorting solutions for sheet metal laser processing machines. With ASTES4 as a wholly owned subsidiary, Mitsubishi Electric will offer integrated solutions to the global market that combine ASTES4’s automated sorting systems with Mitsubishi Electric’s high value-added sheet metal laser processing machines.
Spring Division Expands into SE Asia
Mitsubishi Steel has decided to produce automotive suspension springs and precision springs for electrical apparatus in Manila, the Philippines. This marks the company’s first step in strengthening its presence in automotive suspension springs in the ASEAN region and in meeting local procurement needs. It also shows the company’s intention to increase production of precision springs in the Manila area where demand is concentrated. The company will use existing facilities in Manila, so this will minimize the initial investment and shorten the time required to move into mass production.
World’s First Self-driving Taxi Service Demonstration Test on Public Roads
Hinomaru Kotsu, a major Japanese taxi firm, and an autonomous driving technology company, ZMP Inc., on August 27, 2018, started a taxi service demonstration experiment using self-driving vehicles on public roads in Tokyo. Endorsing the significance of the demonstration experiment and looking toward the service being rolled out in Tokyo, Mitsubishi Estate and Mori Building provided facilities managed by them in the city center to serve as the start and destination points for the selfdriving taxis. This is the first time a self-driving taxi has carried fare-paying customers on public roads anywhere in the world. Hinomaru and ZMP are aiming not only to eliminate traffic congestion and reduce its environmental impact but also to support those who are mobility disadvantaged and to resolve the chronic shortage of taxi drivers.
Jile Helps Agile Delivery at Scale
Tata Consultancy Services has announced the launch of Jile™, the first of its kind Agile DevOps product-on-cloud to plan, deliver and track Agile programs within an enterprise. Built by Agile teams and for Agile teams, Jile is a comprehensive platform that enables an enterprise to envision their IT Initiatives in alignment to their core business objectives and subsequently equip project teams with the right set of tools, processes and controls to continuously deliver value to their stakeholders.
Faster Understanding of Cargo Damage Using AI Analysis of Smartphone Images
Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance, working with Hitachi Solutions Create, has developed the “Damage Tracer with AI Plus” system which uses AI to assess the extent of damage cargo has suffered in an accident when the distributor submits an insurance claim. By bundling photographs of the accident, taken by a smartphone or other device, together with details of the cargo, the system allows easier management of cargo accident reports, thereby assisting the distribution industry which is currently seriously understaffed. The companies are looking at the possibility of rolling out the service to others in the industry and, with a view to promoting its use in overseas markets, are also planning an English version of the system.
Logistics Joint Venture to Use Automobile Freight Trains in India
NYK Auto Logistics India Pvt. Ltd. (NALI), an NYK Group company, has signed an agreement with Adani Logistics Ltd. (ALL) to form a joint venture that specializes in the transportation of finished vehicles using automobile freight trains. NALI currently provides an integrated transport service for finished cars in India, including inland-transport services by trailer, PDI (pre-delivery inspection), and representation for car carriers — thus offering end-to-end service from manufacturer to port and retail store. ALL covers a wide range of businesses mainly related to port operations in India and other countries, including the operation of automobile freight trains. The new company will cater to the increasing demand for domestic distribution of vehicles by rail and will give more choice to better meet customers’ diverse needs.
Fuso eCanter All-electric Trucks Delivered to Lisbon City Administration
Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation delivered ten Fuso eCanter trucks, the company’s first all-electric light-duty truck in series production, with a range of over 100 kilometers, to the city administration in Lisbon, Portugal, on July 6, 2018. A sustainable alternative to conventional trucks for local governments looking to lower noise and emission pollution in urban areas, the Fuso eCanter currently provides an environmentally friendly solution for city landscape gardening and waste disposal operations in ten parishes selected by the Lisbon Town Hall. Europe - and US - market Fuso eCanters are produced at Mitsubishi Fuso Truck Europe’s Tramagal plant in Portugal.