With about 50 group companies around the world, we are able to quickly identify different needs and economic and technological development trends rooted in each country and region, and deploy them on a global level. Our efforts have been highly evaluated, and we have become the partner of choice for carbon neutrality for government agencies and academia in many countries.
In order to achieve the 2050 carbon neutral society, global collaboration among countries beyond national and regional boundaries is indispensable, in addition to technical aspects. At the same time, the stable supply of energy also requires an optimal energy mix that is responsive to regional circumstances, including resources, geographical requirements, and government investments and policies.
Through dynamic global investments and extensive connections with academia and industry associations, we share the same goals with our customers in the region and respond to them in a multifaceted, multi-location manner with the aim of growing together. We look forward to working with you to solve your challenges.
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As a global company, we not only have more than 50 activity bases around the world, but also have central bases for technology development and business in major business areas, and the bases that can be called as "headquarters" of HORIBA's business are scattered throughout the world.
In the field of energy, we have development and production bases in major areas that control global trends, such as Japan, Europe, the U.S., and China, and our excellent engineers continue to work on the development of new technologies rooted in the needs of each region.
In addition, policies to achieve carbon neutrality vary widely from country to country and region to region (see "Global Trends and Strategies toward Carbon Neutrality").
In France, as the government takes the lead in building a decarbonized society, proactive investments are being made in the efficient use of energy, and a clean hydrogen technology venture company, Genvia, has been established through a public-private partnership.
President Macron visited Genvia in November 2021 and announced additional government investment to promote hydrogen energy. Part of this includes investment in Genvia's development.
We have been doing business extensively in France and have delivered water electrolysis cell/stack evaluation equipment to Genvia. In July 2021, President Macron met with our Chairman and Group CEO Atsushi Horiba to exchange views on hydrogen-related business.
In July 2022, Philippe Rosier, CEO of Symbio, announced the partnership with HORIBA on test benches at a ceremony for the construction of the largest new plant in France. Symbio is building a plant in Saint-Fons (Lyon, France), which will produce 50,000 FuelCels per year by 2026.
We will continue to contribute to the building of a decarbonized society in France and globally.
HORIBA FuelCon (Germany) is a leading global supplier of high-quality, high-precision energy evaluation solutions for fuel cells, water electrolysis and batteries.
In April 2022, HORIBA FuelCon established a new location, the HORIBA eHUB, in the Ostfalen Technology Park in Magdeburg-Barleben, and relocated its headquarters. The Ostfalen Technology Park is also home to HORIBA FuelCon's affiliate BeXema, a manufacturer of power supply equipment.
By utilizing state-of-the-art technologies related to the utilization of hydrogen energy, we have established our own business network and participated in the large-scale national project "H2Giga" in Germany. We are playing a major role in the expansion of our hydrogen-related business by keeping abreast of global trends.
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Currently, the energy system, where power generation, transmission, and distribution was one-way, is changing to two-way, and the transformation of the system requires research on technological issues and demonstration experiments. Issues related to the state' s energy system are too large to be researched by a single company, so collaboration involving universities and related organizations is important.
With these social issues and the vision of a sustainable energy society in mind, in 2018, we decided to support the establishment of the HORIBA Institute for Mobility and Connectivity2 (HIMaC2) at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), and HIMaC2 is scheduled to open in July 2021.
HIMaC2 will play a central role in UCI's Advanced Power and Energy Program (APEP), with four labs: Automotive Development, Grid Development, Connected and Automated Vehicles, and Energy-related Materials Research and will work on research issues that cross the mobility and energy fields, which have been considered as different areas previously.
We will continue to proactively support the project and lead the achievement of a sustainable energy society, aiming to create new technologies and businesses in the fields of energy, the environment, and safety.
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Although environmental impact assessment through Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and other methods is becoming increasingly important to achieve carbon neutrality, little attention has been paid to energy consumption in the field of research and development, as it is partly non-routine.
The Graduate School of Engineering of University of Tokyo (hereinafter referred to as " University of Tokyo"), a national university corporation, and we have established the "Social Collaboration Course for Environmentally Harmonious Energy Systems" on April 1, 2022.
In this course, the University of Tokyo's world-class "prediction technology (AI)" and our long-cultivated "analysis and measurement technology" will be combined to conduct joint research on the establishment of an "energy management system" that "visualizes" energy consumption at R&D sites and leads to optimal utilization of energy. The goal is to commercialize the system developed through the joint research and implement it in society at R&D facilities in various industries.
For details, please see the "Energy Management System (EMS)" page.
The automotive industry in China is expected to be a driving force for economic growth, and the Chinese government is working to further advance the industry by 2025. In this context, automakers are required to develop and launch vehicles quickly in both the new energy vehicle (NEV) market and the conventional internal combustion engine market.
We have built a new base for HORIBA Instruments (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. and has been open in October 2022. This new site will have an automotive measurement and test lab, a scientific analysis application center, and a technical center that will support the entire product lifecycle, enabling us to directly grasp customer needs in the Chinese market and develop China-specific applications, as well as to support life-cycle support for product-related services from production and after-sales service to data operations and replacement.
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The automotive industry is said to be undergoing a once-in-a-century transformation, and this is due to the evolution of technologies in new areas called "CASE" (Connected, Autonomous/Automated, Shared, and Electrified).
We offer comprehensive development support solutions for automated and connected technologies as well as electrification in the development of mobility for a new era that will contribute to the realization of carbon neutrality. HORIBA MIRA in the U.K. plays a central role in this area.
Under the UK's Midlands Future Mobility (MFM) project, HORIBA MIRA is designing and developing software that correlates with both real and virtual driving, mobile facades, and other enhancements to improve the repeatability and accuracy of automated vehicle (CAV) and advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) simulation scenarios under complex conditions and is committed to enhancing its efficient and highly accurate engineering solutions based on a new comprehensive testing ecosystem for CAV/ADAS development called "ASSURED CAV".
In addition, in March 2022, Ceres, a world leader in alternative energy, announced that it will establish a development center at HORIBA MIRA and partner in accelerating hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.
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HORIBA JOBIN YVON (now HORIBA FRANCE), which boasts a history of nearly 200 years since its foundation in 1819, has introduced numerous products in the field of optics in cooperation with famous historical scientists including Augustin Jean Fresnel (developer of the Fresnel lens) and Francois Arago. Currently, we supply optical analytical instruments such as Raman spectrometers and X-ray fluorescence analyzers to the most advanced scientific and technological fields, and have gained a high market share in specialized fields such as research and development institutions and universities in various countries, and are adopted by the most advanced research institutions around the world. We are also actively engaged in industry-academia collaborations, such as product development through joint projects with Ecole Polytechnique, the highest educational institution for science and engineering in France.
Our advanced material analysis technologies, including spectroscopic analysis technology, are also contributing to innovations in various materials and materials that contribute to carbon neutrality, such as batteries and catalysts.
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