Via asia.nikkei.com

CHANGSHU, China — Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Mitsubishi Electric and KDDI will partner with this Chinese city northwest of Shanghai to jointly develop manufacturing technologies at a new research center the municipality opened on Tuesday.

The Japanese companies have booths at the Changshu Innovation Center for Green & Intelligent Manufacturing, where they will collaborate with local businesses and universities. Changshu is a leading industrial city in Jiangsu Province. It invited companies to the research base to give manufacturing businesses a boost and, in so doing, stimulate economic growth.

“We want to contribute to China’s high-focus areas such as environmental technology,” Kazuaki Kimura, a senior executive vice president at Mitsubishi Heavy, said at the center’s opening ceremony. Mitsubishi Electric plans to propose factory automation as a way to boost production efficiency, while telecommunications company KDDI will encourage use of the “internet of things” technology.

Mitsubishi Heavy operates plants in Changshu that manufacture gear machine tools and machinery for producing rubber and tires. Mitsubishi Electric produces autoparts and factory automation machinery in the city.