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R&D Efforts

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R&D Policy

FURUNO's core technological expertise is Sensing Technology, Processing Technology and Communication Technology. We shall strive to further enhance the competitiveness in those three technological fields in order for us to add high values to our products and services in our existing business fields, i.e., marine electronics. Moreover, we shall allocate our available resources to research and development activities in order to attain the possibility of further expanding our field of operation.

Also, based upon our road map for research and development activities, which is meticulously crafted according to our business strategy, close collaboration between the departments of research and development and intellectual property management is to be established. Subsequently, we seek to create intellectual property of significance which can be used to contribute to our future business activities.



Expenditure on research and development over the last five fiscal years

FY2013 FY2014 FY2015 FY2016 FY2017 
Reseach and development (millions of Yen) 5,237 4,539 4,786 4,253  4,470
Percent of net sales (%) 6.9% 5.3% 5.3% 5.4%  5.7%

Facilities

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    Research and Innovation Center

    While refining core technologies from a long-term perspective, this center also conducts research into new business domains and innovative, advanced R&D activities. It covers technology related to devices, sensing (radio waves, sound and optical), signal processing and so forth.

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    FURUNO INT Center

    FURUNO INT center accommodates a computerized anechoic chamber and other environmental test chambers. Our staff at the INT center concentrates mainly on industrial electronic products.

  • Miki Factory (Miki, Hyogo Prefecture) image

    Miki Factory (Miki, Hyogo Prefecture)

    Located on a 67,000m2 site, Miki Factory is FURUNO's main facility in Japan and the world's largest plant producing marine electronic equipment. From navigation systems to fishing equipment, Miki Factory accounts for around 60% of FURUNO's total production.

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    Testing Vessels

    FURUNO has three testing vessels, the Spirit of Furuno and PEGASUS and FALCON. FURUNO's second vessel, the PEGASUS entered service in 2005 and is designed as a recreational boat to develop auto-pilot systems, radar systems and other equipment for high-speed recreational boats.

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