Mitsubishi Electric opens railroad HVAC equipment plant in the US

26 June 2012 (Last Updated June 26th, 2012 18:30)

Mitsubishi Electric Power Products has opened a new railway equipment plant near its headquarters and main manufacturing operation in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US.

Mitsubishi Electric Power Products has opened a new railway equipment plant near its headquarters and main manufacturing operation in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US.

The new 50,900ft² plant will produce heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems for heavy rail vehicles, light rail transit vehicles and locomotives, using domestic components.

The company currently produces propulsion and control systems for railroad cars, and aims to achieve a 30% market share in the North American HVAC market with the new plant.

When full-scale production starts later this summer, the company's global HVAC production capacity is expected to increase by 50%.

Mitsubishi Electric Power Products general manager of transportation systems division Tim Logan said that the new investment will allow the company to supply components to North American transit agencies and locomotive producers.

"In addition to helping us to comply with 'Buy America' clauses contained in most bid requirements, our new factory will increase our local capacity to provide technical service support, testing, repairs and overhauls," Logan said.

The company has been developing and producing components for rolling stock, railway control and management systems, as well as railway station facilities for more than 50 years.

Mitsubishi Electric's products, including propulsion control, traction motor, braking and air-conditioning systems, contribute to safer and more efficient railway transportation.

The company also delivers applications for main converter and inverter units for bullet trains, suburban and subway trains.