Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Technical Review
    Vol. 58 No. 1 (2021)   New Products & Technologies

    Taking on Challenge of "Hardtech" Innovation through New Co-Creation Space

    Business Intelligence & Innovation
    Head Office Technology
    Strategy Office,
    Mitsubishi Heavy
    Industries, Ltd.

    There has been growing importance of innovation for solving various social issues, while markets and technologies are changing at a speed and on a scale greater than we have ever seen. This report will introduce a new co-creation space for working on "Hardtech" innovation emergence called Yokohama Hardtech Hub (YHH), which Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group launched in April 2020. Hardtech is a technology field that will be the center of future mechanical system evolution, combining digital technology innovations such as AI (Artificial Intelligence) and IoT (Internet of Things) with physical technology innovations such as quantum technology, material design, micromachining and biotechnology, where repeated prototyping and verification are critical for actual implementation in society.