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Mitsubishi Heavy moves ahead with shipbuilding alliances

Written by Nick Blenkey
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MARCH 31, 2017 — Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has reached basic agreements with Imabari Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. and Namura Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. in the wake of ongoing discussions, first announced in August 2016, focused on forming alliances in the commercial shipbuilding business.

Discussions aimed at concluding a similar alliance with Oshima Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. continue. 

The agreements are targeted at achieving sustained growth through the pursuit of mutually complementary, synergy-generating alliances while respecting each partner’s independence, in an overall effort to strengthen the competitiveness of all alliance partners in the global marketplace.

The newly completed basic agreements cover a variety of core issues, including: development of new ship designs and innovative technologies, sharing of designs and workforce, standardization of engineering tools and fitting equipment, and flexible application of each partner’s construction capabilities. ‘

It is also expected that separate contracts will be concluded between MHI and each partner, stipulating how the alliance will be specifically applied to actual business operations.

Through the conclusion of the new alliances, MHI is looking to enhance business competitiveness around its core engineering strengths cultivated over many years, particularly in the areas of energy-saving and environmental technology. In the process, the company aims to boost the presence of Japanese shipbuilders in the dramatically changing global shipbuilding industry.

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