TOKYO – Effective October 1, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) will spin off its small-scale air-cooled gasoline engine business-the Meiki Engine lineup. A new company, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Meiki Engines Co., Ltd. (MHIM), will be formed from the spin off. In creating a dedicated new company, MHI aims to pursue improved revenue by securing higher value as a brand of domestically manufactured engines.
MHIM will launch via an absorption-type split, evolving out of a preparatory company already established as a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engine & Turbocharger, Ltd. (MHIET), which in turn is wholly owned by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Forklift, Engine & Turbocharger Holdings, Ltd., an MHI Group company. MHIM will integrate the functions of the Meiki Engines’ technical development currently performed by MHIET and the engine production, marketing and servicing functions now conducted by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engine Systems Co., Ltd. (MHIES), a wholly owned subsidiary of MHIET. MHIM will initially be capitalized at 300 million yen, with head office in Nagoya. Hiroshi Sugita, currently General Manager of MHIES’s Meiki Engine Production Division, will be MHIM’s inaugural president and CEO.
Production of Meiki Engines began in 1946 in Nagoya. The wide-ranging Meiki Engines product lineup, is especially popular for agricultural use. In recent years, as production of gasoline engines has increasingly shifted overseas, Meiki Engines has built a robust track record serving the Japanese market as an OEM.
With the establishment of MHIM there will be increased focus on improving operating efficiency and speed of management decisions. By continuously improving technological capabilities, shortening delivery times, and elevating quality levels, the new company will further enhance the brand value of Meiki Engines as a lineup of domestically produced small-scale air-cooled gasoline engines.
Going forward, MHI will work closely with MHIM and offer all-around support to the new company’s business development.
About Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI), headquartered in Tokyo, is one of the world’s leading industrial firms with 80,000 group employees and annual consolidated revenues of around 38 billion U.S. dollars. For more than 130 years, the company has channeled big thinking into innovative and integrated solutions that move the world forward. MHI owns a unique business portfolio covering land, sea, sky and even space. MHI delivers innovative and integrated solutions across a wide range of industries from commercial aviation and transportation to power plants and gas turbines, and from machinery and infrastructure to integrated defense and space systems.
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