History of Fuji Electric

  • 1923
    Establishment of 'Fuji Electric Manufacturing Co., Ltd.'

    "Fuji Electric Manufacturing Co., Ltd." was established as a capital and technology alliance between Japan "Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd." and German "Siemens AG". The company name derived from these two companies' first sound "Fu" and "Si"and the highest mountain in Japan, Mt. Fuji.

  • 1924
    Started manufacturing electrical machinery

  • 1925
    Started transformer production

  • 1930
    Launched mercury-vapor rectifier production

    Imported mercury-vapor rectifier first in Japan and launched production in Kawasaki factory. Market share was high and contributed for transportation infrastructure organization.

  • 1933
    Started expansion circuit breaker production

  • 1935
    Established 'Fuji Tsushinki Manufacturing Co., Ltd.'

    Established "Fuji Tsushinki Manufacturing Co., Ltd."(present "Fujitsu Limited") by spinning off the Telephone Department

  • 1936
    Built its first hydraulic turbine, 4.850HP Francis Turbine

    Introduced technologies from "Voith Hydro Holding GmbH & Co. KG", and delivered the first hydraulic turbine to "Kaminoshiro power plant".

  • 1937
    Began watt-hour meter production

  • 1954
    Started ultra-compact magnetic switch production

    Devised a design and realize microminiaturization.

  • 1954
    Began volume production of selenium rectifiers

    In response to exploding demand for televisions and radios, Fuji Electric began volume production of selenium rectifiers, electronic components that convert alternating current (AC) to direct current (DC). The company soon took an 80%-90% share of the domestic selenium rectifier market.

  • 1955
    Full-scale foray into thermal power plant business

    Signed a contract with "Siemens AG" for technology transfer of the steam turbine manufacturing. Subsequently delivered the first super-critical, variable pressure turbine in Japan, which was one of the largest in the country at the time. This move to import European technology marked a change of tack in a domestic power generation market dominated by US technology.

  • 1959
    Began manufacturing silicon diodes

  • 1965
    Electric propulsion system fitted to Antarctic exploration ship "Fuji"

    Fuji Electric's propulsion system played active roll because of its speedy forward and backward proplusion functions. It enables to gain great propelling power from low speed.

  • 1967
    Developed earth-leakage circuit breakers

  • 1969
    Began production of vending machines

    Used know-how as a vendor of refrigerated milk showcases to move into vending machines. Delivered 230 beverage vending machines to the 1970 "Osaka World Exposition", prompting the wider spread of domestically made vending machines.

  • 1973
    Began production of selenium photoconductive drums

  • 1976
    Started manufacturing general-purpose inverters

    First in the industry to develop general-purpose inverters. Led the market in creating smaller, more responsive and functional components, resulting in their adoption in a range of fields due to their energy-saving characteristics.

  • 1981
    Developed and commenced manufacture of electric propulsion system for ice-breaking ship Shirase

    Installed the state of the art PLCs and mini computer which are rare for ships at the time and solid-state relay sequence and centered and automated monitoring systems. Realized durability for severe environmental conditions such as high temperature and high humidity around the equator, impacts and vibrations from advancing frozen seas etc.

  • 1984
    Changed company name: "Fuji Electric Co., Ltd."

  • 1985
    1st generation mini UPS “M-UPS Series” launched

    Realized small and noise resistant UPSs by modifying MOSFETs for main circuit switching element. At the same time, utilized voltage dip controlling technology as frontrunner of the industry.

  • 1985
    Released the programmable logic controller “MICREX-F Series”

    PLCs plays active roll in factory automation control equipment. Fuji Electric standardized networking function to PLCs for the first in the industry and was well-received.

  • 1985
    Developed 1,000kW phosphoric acid fuel cell

  • 1987
    Establishment of "Fuji Electric GmbH" (present "Fuji Electric Europe GmbH" )

    Sales of electrical/electronic machinery and components in Europe and Africa.

  • 1987
    Developed IGBT module

  • 1991
    Completed an ozone-based water treatment system

  • 1994
    Successful launch of Japan’s first "HII rocket"

    The launch vehicle’s power control unit was fitted with an aerospace power transistor made by Fuji Electric.

  • 1995
    Establishment of "Fuji Electric France S.A.S"

    Manufacture and sales of measurement and control devices in Europe, Africa and Middle East.

  • 1996
    Won order for IGBT main conversion devices used in electric railways (world’s first largecapacity flat IGBT)

  • 1998
    Delivered 100kW phosphoric acid fuel cell

    Delivered the first fuel cells to domestic gas company. Since then, fuel cells installation spreads widely into hotels, education facilities, research facilities, hospitals, office buildings and overseas facilities.

  • 1999
    New mini-UPS “J-Series” launched

    Realized the world smallest and lightest power supply inverter systems. Received the Good Design Award in the year.

  • 2002
    Established biogas-powered fuel cell power generation system

    Delivered Japan’s first fuel cell cogeneration system (incorporating two 100kW fuel cells) powered by digested sewage sludge gas.

  • 2008
    Establishment of "Fuji Electric Semiconductor (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd."

    Manufacture of semiconductor devices in Malaysia.

  • 2008
    "Fuji Electric FA Components & Systems Co., Ltd." Merged operation with "Schneider Electric Japan Ltd."

  • 2010
    Developed a new three-level converter circuit and a new three-level power module, realizing highly efficient electric power conversion

    It reduces the power loss of power conversion equipment including power supplies and invertors and a New 3-Level Power Module. It applied power conditioners for renewable energy sources such as photovoltaic power and wind power, UPS and inverter.

  • 2010
    140MW geothermal power plant, the largest single-unit capacity in the world, started operation (New Zealand "Nga Awa Purua Power Station")

    The Fuji Electric has been developing its geothermal power generation business since the 1970s in Southeast Asia, New Zealand, the United States, Iceland, and other countries around the world, and has succeeded in installing numerous geothermal power systems.

  • 2010
    High-speed electric vehicle battery charger went on sale

    Charging and CAN communication control which is core of the CHAdeMO standard, is developed by condensing know hows of electric distribution and control technologies and energy management system's information control technologies.

  • 2010
    Delivered micro-grid system to outlying islands, and took part in installation and verification testing

    Delivered micro-grid systems to outlying islands. The systems stabilize electric system by controlling fuel cells' random discharge, generated from photovoltaic generations and wind power generations.

  • 2010
    Development of next-generation SiC module power semiconductor

    We realize the volume of conventional about 1/4 and there are few electricity losses and develops the SiC module which can plan high efficiency of the power control.

  • 2011
    High-Voltage Inverter with Water-Cooling System “FRENIC 4800VM5” went on sale

    The FRENIC 4800VM5 employs a water-cooling system to reduce the heat generated by conversion circuits. Compared to conventional air-cooling systems, the method achieves greatly improved cooling efficiency and allows the capacity of high-voltage inverters to be increased while their size is reduced.

  • 2012
    Launched dedicated inverters for air-conditioning and water treatment systems, “FRENIC-HVAC” and “FRENIC-AQUA”.

    Feature a slim design that allows the units to be mounted against a wall and produced as specialized equipment loaded with the standard functions required to independently operate fans and pumps in air-conditioning equipment and water supply and drainage facilities.

  • 2012
    "Development of inverter equipped with next-generation power semiconductor SiC-SBD, a first in Japan"

    SiC-SBD was fitted with power conditioner systems and UPS.

  • 2012
    Launched power conditioners for mega solar power generation systems.

    Fuji Electric commercialized the world’s first three-level module in which a new RB-IGBT and an existing IGBT are integrated in one package. Achieving world highest efficiency of 98.5% (DC 1,000 V product).

  • 2014
    Launched next-generation cold storage container, “D-BOX”.

    Powerless container; D-Box enables constant temperature control and traceability, providing customers with low-cost operations and marketing strategy options.

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