The Panasonic R&D Centre has opened at the Skolkovo Innovation Centre. The centre’s work focus on creating effective solutions for high-tech and energy-intensive sectors of the Russian economy in close cooperation with technology start-ups. About 160 million roubles will be invested in developing the centre over the first three years, and this amount may rise as required in the future.
As soon as the centre opens, Russian start-ups will be provided with free access to the technical infrastructure that has been installed in the Panasonic R&D Centre. This includes LED screens, solar panels, interactive displays, projection equipment, a robotic library, a high-definition video conferencing system, Toughbook rugged laptops, multifunctional devices (MFDs) and CCTV cameras.
In addition to access to the centre’s technical infrastructure, Panasonic is planning to provide start-ups with all-round support: advice from highly qualified Panasonic specialists and engineers at all stages of projects, with preferential access to products. It is also planning to run competitions in areas of interest to the company.
Panasonic’s involvement in the biggest initiative in the Russian start-up market should definitely make a substantial contribution to the company’s efforts to achieve its global goals. We’re excited about the opportunity to apply our engineers’ cutting-edge developments, such as robotic Blu-Ray libraries and eco-visualisation systems, in the development of Russia’s first innovation centre. Moreover, in the Start Up Village we’re even demonstrating solutions that up to now Panasonic has only used in Japan.
We’re hoping, among other things, that the company’s energy-efficient technologies for “smart” cities will be used in the urban infrastructure of Skolkovo – a global Russian project that brings together the intellectual resources of the international technological elites,” said Junichi Suzuki, CEO of Panasonic Russia and President of Panasonic Marketing CIS.
The partners stated that the list of technological solutions to be implemented within the Skolkovo eco-system will expand in the course of Panasonic’s cooperation with Russian start-ups.
15 June 2015
Japan-based electronics producer Panasonic Corporation is to open a research and development (R&D) centre in Skolkovo's high-tech cluster.
The total investment is to exceed RUB 160 million and 30 employees are expected to work in the new facility. The centre will be aimed at identifying and creating alternative energy sources, including salt batteries and systems of accumulating and storing electric power, such as fuel cells and accumulators.
“The center will focus on creating energy efficient solutions for high-technology and energy intensive sectors of the Russian economy,” Skolkovo said.
Panasonic Corporation develops and produces electronics and electric products for a wide range of consumer, business and industrial users. The company was previously named Matsushita Electric Industrial Company Ltd but in 2008 became Panasonic Corporation.