Mitsubishi Public Affairs Committee

The latest trends in the automobile, shipping and transport industries point to an increasing complexity with more fuel choices, the growth of IoT networks, sharing and self-driving. To compete amid these global trends, Mitsubishi companies are working on new technologies and services on the basis of forecasts for developments in these industries.


Overall view of the MKK Kawasaki hydrogen station located on its own company site at Kawasaki City.


Mitsubishi Kakoki Kaisha (MKK) is now operating a demonstration hydrogen filling station for fuel cell vehicles. This station was constructed to embody two new concepts:
1. Installation of the new hydrogen filling station package unit gHy-Regulus,h consisting of a hydrogen compressor, storage vessels and dispenser. The unit has been designed with the Danish company Nel ASA.
2. Installation of a compact hydrogen production unit (HyGeia-300A). MKK has already developed the compact hydrogen production unit; it they installed the improved HyGeia-300A to verify much higher reliability, durability, and efficiency for this project.

DP Network, a Mitsubishi Logistics Group company specializing in the transport of pharmaceuticals, offers a DP-Cool cold chain transportation service. A major feature of the service is that it meets the Good Distribution Practice (GDP) standards for the transport of pharmaceuticals that are widely applied in Europe and other countries. To realize the high levels of quality control required by the GDP standards, DP Network delivers pharmaceuticals (between 2 and 8 degrees Celsius) directly to the wholesale distributors from the shipment point, thereby reducing the number of times the shipment is loaded and unloaded and reducing the consequent risk of temperature deviations. The companyfs DP-Cool service will cover the whole of Japan except Okinawa within this year.

 


A DP-Cool temperaturecontrolled truck dedicated for pharmaceuticals.




MAL display booth at the 5th Office Service Expo.

Mitsubishi Auto Leasing (MAL) is introducing a BPO service for vehicle maintenance. BPO is an abbreviation for Business Process Outsourcing, and in this case the client contracts out all vehicle maintenance tasks to MAL. The tasks contracted out include the usual compulsory liability insurance, mandatory vehicle inspections and other prescribed interval maintenance tasks. And by contracting out the management of operational data, driver information and inquiries to the general affairs department, the client is able to have the personnel who were required in the vehicle maintenance department concentrate on core tasks, which leads to cost reductions. BPO service can also be expanded to include consulting based on the data acquired or to support the implementation of various business measures.

Mitsubishi Chemical (MCC) is focusing on the mobility sector and provides a diverse range of materials. A new series of PVC elastomer SUNPRENE™ marks an improvement in cold resistance thanks to MCCfs unique polymer alloy technology, while maintaining PVCfs intrinsic characteristics such as moldability and oil resistance. Therefore, changes in its physical properties are minimal even in low-temperature environments, allowing it to maintain high elasticity. The new series has been adopted for exterior molding parts that help prevent excessive wind noise while driving.

 


Comparison of hardness-temperature dependence between conventional products and the new series



The eCanter is the worldfs first all-electric light-duty truck in series-production, and was launched in the US, Japan and Europe by Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corp. (MFTBC) in 2017. The company has recently developed a garbage truck version of the eCanter and, working with Kawasaki City, Japan, is due to start proving trials in spring 2019 to verify its road performance and suitability as a garbage truck. Delivering zero-emission and noise-free performance, eCanter can make a positive contribution in improving the urban environment and in preventing global warming.

Mitsubishi Motors has begun a mass scale export for the first time from Indonesia with its XPANDER small MPV from its manufacturing base in the country. The Philippines is the first export market for the vehicle in ASEAN, and will be followed by other international markets. Mitsubishi Motors has been increasing production volume at the factory to cope with the growth in domestic demand in Indonesia and the start of exports.

 


A ceremony to mark the first export shipment was held with President Joko Widodo and Minister of Industry Airlangga Hartarto.

Jointly developed by NYK, MTI Co. Ltd., and Japan Radio Co. Ltd., the J-Marine NeCST system has been installed on board Asuka II, a cruise ship owned and operated by NYK Cruises Co. Ltd. J-Marine NeCST is a ship navigation support tool with a handwriting feature that allows users to easily plot and plan routes on electronic navigational charts. It also supports the management and sharing of operational data. J-Marine NeCST assisted navigation aboard Asuka II during its 39-day 2018 Oceania Grand Cruise that started on January 28. The NYK Group has focused on making use of big data since its emergence and is currently using the results of data analysis to address a variety of issues.

 


J-Marine NeCST on the bridge of Asuka II.

J-Marine NeCST