Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America’s "Crystal Mover" APM System Begins Operations at Tampa International Airport

TAMPA, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--On Wednesday, February 7, Florida Governor Rick Scott celebrated the opening of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America’s (MHIA’s) Crystal Mover Automated People Mover (APM) system, SkyConnect, at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Tampa International Airport (TPA). SkyConnect is 1.4 miles long and connects TPA’s Main Terminal to the Economy Garage and a brand-new Rental Car Center in approximately 5 minutes. SkyConnect can transport up to 2,850 people per hour in each direction, allowing the airport to respond to record passenger growth. Joe Lopano, CEO of Tampa International Airport, stated at the opening “This is an exciting day for Tampa International Airport and the Tampa Bay community. The new SkyConnect people-mover system, which connects the Main Terminal to our state-of-the-art Rental Car Center, will help the Airport grow for years to come, while continuing to offer exceptional customer service. We have a great partnership with MHIA and we are pleased with the safe and successful delivery of our SkyConnect system”.

MHIA received the APM order from the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority (HCAA) in November 2014, and completed the project ahead of its contractual schedule and within budget. MHIA was responsible for the integration of the entire APM system, including installation work. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering, Ltd. (MHIENG) provided the core design and supplied 12 APM cars, a maintenance vehicle and signaling system. SkyConnect is the eighth APM system delivered by MHIA in the US market, following previous successful APM projects at major airports in Orlando, Miami, Washington and Atlanta. “With the dedication of our team and the close partnership with the Airport, we opened this system ahead of our contractual schedule, and with record breaking performance,” said Darin Friedmann, Vice President and General Manager of MHIA’s Transportation Systems Division. “We are proud to help transport passengers at Tampa International Airport, the birthplace of the Automated People Mover industry, and help bring TPA into the future.”

MHIA was also awarded a five-year contract, with two additional five-year options, to perform Operation and Maintenance (O&M) work for SkyConnect. The O&M work will be conducted in conjunction with Crystal Mover Services, Inc. established in 2009 as a subsidiary of MHIA and Sumitomo Corporation that provides Operations and Maintenance services for all APM systems delivered by MHIA in the US.

MHIENG is the world’s largest manufacturer of APM vehicles, and is behind the APM systems currently in operation at several of the world’s largest and most advanced airports, including Changi International Airport (Singapore), Incheon International Airport (South Korea), Hong Kong International Airport and Dubai International Airport. MHIENG’s APM technology is also used for numerous urban transport projects around the world.

In addition to exploring new APM markets, MHIA is also focusing on expansion, upgrades, and replacements of existing lines across North America. The MHI Group will continue to build on its remarkable success as a leading force in the global APM market, supplying reliable, safe, and innovative transportation systems that meet market demand and contribute to a more sustainable future.

About Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, Inc.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) (TOKYO:7011), a publicly held Japanese corporation. Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan and founded in 1870, MHI is one of the world's leading heavy machinery manufacturers, with consolidated sales of 3,914 billion yen ($35,499,980,000) in fiscal year 2016, the year ending March 31, 2017. MHI's diverse lineup of products and services encompasses shipbuilding, power plants, chemical plants, environmental equipment, steel structures, industrial and general machinery, aircraft, space systems and air-conditioning systems. MHI is also a global leader in delivering proven transportation solutions, with several decades of experience successfully supplying a broad range of advanced transportation systems for urban (intra-city and inter-city) and airport applications. MHI’s transportation systems have already safely and efficiently transported hundreds of millions of passengers worldwide.

About Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering, Ltd. (MHIENG)

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering offers reliable technologies gained from engineering synergies realized within Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Group. MHIENG contributes to the development of society by supplying numerous Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) projects covering large-scale infrastructure, such as chemical plants, environmental plants, and transportation systems, in many countries and regions around the world.
MHIENG’s engineering capabilities, accumulated from MHI Group’s wide range of global infrastructure projects and products, and its project management abilities, garnered from an abundant record of successful project achievements, are skillfully integrated by highly experienced personnel working in an outstanding system and supported by a powerful network.
Applying its extensive capabilities, MHIENG readily meets diversified customer expectations by undertaking all phases from project planning to basic design, detailed design, procurement, manufacture, construction, commissioning, after-sales service, and Operation & Maintenance (O&M). In this way, MHIENG continues to contribute to the creation of a comfortable lifestyle and enriched society.
MHIENG seeks to bring about a reliable future through engineering.


Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
Joseph Hood, +81-(0)3-6716-2168
PR Manager
Fax: +81-(0)3-6716-5860

Third Factory and Electrical Components Plant Completed at Thai Joint Venture MACO — Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Thermal Systems Expands Production to Strengthen Global Business Development for A/C Units —

  • Completion ceremony held on February 7
  • Expansion in production capacity to increase production to 2.7 million pieces by fiscal 2020, a 30% increase compared to fiscal 2015
  • Total investment of approximately ¥3.0 billion

TOKYO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) (TOKYO:7011) Group company, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Thermal Systems, Ltd. (MTH), has expanded production at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries-Mahajak Air Conditioners Co., Ltd. (MACO), its joint venture company in Thailand to manufacture and sell residential and commercial use air conditioning systems. Facilities at the two existing factories have been expanded and upgraded, and construction completed and production begun at a new third factory and electrical assembly works. The aim of the capacity expansion is to further develop MACO to be a central production facility to meet growing demand worldwide for residential and commercial air conditioners, especially in Asia.

A completion ceremony was held at the factory site on February 7. MACO President Masahiko Sasakura was accompanied by guests from MHI by Kazuaki Kimura, Senior Executive Vice President, President and CEO of Industry & Infrastructure business domain, from MTH by Senior Executive Vice President Kimiharu Takeda, and from the Mahajak Group, the local partner in MACO, Chairman Chavalit Kanchanachayphoom to cut the ribbon to announce the open of the new facilities.

MACO was established in 1988, and has production facilities in the Ladkrabang Industrial Estate in the suburbs of Bangkok. Total investment for the production expansion was approximately ¥3.0 billion. Of the two newly-built facilities, the third factory will manufacture plastic and sheet metal parts for residential and commercial air conditioners, while the electrical assembly works will mount the electric parts on the electrical boards, which is one of the key components of air conditioners.

The increase in production capacity is expected to boost production volume to 2.7 million pieces by fiscal 2020, a 30% increase compared to fiscal 2015. It will also enhance productivity through changes in facilities and production methods, and synchronization of assembly, as well as strengthen cost competitiveness and reduce inventories of work in process and finished products.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Thermal Systems focuses on establishing an optimal production structure, such as this investment to expand production and enhance efficiency at MACO, in order to secure a competitive advantage in world markets. At the same time, as a specialist heating and cooling company, it is dedicated to developing highly competitive products that make everyday lives better for people, offering innovative thermal solutions, and contributing to the conservation of the global environment.

About Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Group

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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