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Toshiba Group to Strengthen Global Research and Development Structure

--To enhance international R&D manpower, mainly in emerging economies like India --
10 Jul, 2012

TOKYO—Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO: 6502) today announced that it intends to strengthen its international R&D organization and increase the number of R&D personnel at its facilities outside Japan by 750 people by the end of fiscal year (FY) 2014. Their main role will be in software development for social infrastructure and product development for emerging economies, and to support Toshiba's global expansion through strategies for "total storage innovation" and "total energy innovation", key initiatives in the mid-term business plan the company announced in May. The new hires will account for about 70% of Toshiba's increased R&D headcount in the period to FY2014.

In its mid-term business plan of strategies and goals for the period to the end of FY 2014, Toshiba gives central place to promoting total storage innovation–businesses related to Big Data and cloud solutions and services–and total energy innovation–businesses related to power supply and the realization of the Smart Community concept. Toshiba is channeling resources to reinforcing its capabilities in both business areas, including R&D.

Toshiba expects to see some 400 additional R&D personnel in its facilities outside of Japan, including those in India, supporting accelerated development of infrastructure for cloud-based platforms and other areas related to total storage innovation by FY2014. The company plans investments in R&D expenditure totaling 1,080 billion yen in the period FY2012 to TF2014 and expect to channel some 60% to this area.

The number of R&D personnel working outside Japan to support total energy innovation is expected to grow by about 300 people by the end of FY2014. As it increases the headcount, Toshiba will also promote closer cooperation with the R&D divisions of Westinghouse and Landis+Gyr, toward establishing a global R&D system.

The number of researchers engaged in basic research will also be increased, by approximately 50.

In parallel with these moves, Toshiba will also reinforce its intellectual property strategy by increasing the ratio of overseas patent applications from the current 50% of all applications to 70% in FY2014. This will enhance IP security at the global level and support the company in seeking to raise income by licensing IP by 1.3 times.

Under its management policy of "Aiming to be an even stronger global contender," Toshiba is strengthening competitiveness by reinforcing a global R&D system responsive to developments in each business area, allowing the Group to continue to create new technologies and expertise that will provide the seeds of future growth.

About "Total storage innovation"

Advanced storage systems based on Toshiba's industry-leading capabilities in NAND flash memory, HDD and SSD will provide secure solutions for the age of Big Data, including data centers and cloud-based platforms supporting new services and solutions for healthcare, the retail sector and other areas.

About "Total energy innovation"

Under the total energy innovation initiative, Toshiba will contribute to the fundamental need of a high efficiency, stable power supply that supports a sustainable society with the best mix of power generating systems, including thermal, nuclear and renewable energy, and promote smart grid and smart community solutions, including BEMS (Building Energy Management System) and HEMS (Home Energy Management System), that optimize transmission and distribution and energy management on both the supply and demand sides.

 

 

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