The Fujisawa SST Council, a consortium led by Panasonic Corporation spearheading the development of the Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town (Fujisawa SST), held today a grand opening ceremony for the forward-looking town located on the outskirts of Tokyo.
Panasonic Corporation today announced a team from Tokai University in Japan won the Carrera Solar Atacama 2014, South America's biggest solar car race, with a solar car that was powered by Panasonic's HIT®* solar modules and high-capacity lithium-ion batteries.
Panasonic and ATL (automotive) continue an ECO Expansion with a new Photovoltaic Project in Jamaica, promoting the use of solar panels, generating clean energy from the sun and reducing the emission of CO2.
On January 23, 2014, Panasonic Latin America (PLAT) celebrated the start-up of the solar power generation system installed at a distributor's warehouse and promoted Panasonic's solar power prime contractor business.
Panasonic initiative to promote voice guidance products that improve the quality of life (QOL) of people who are visually impaired whereby competitors join forces to honor the philosophy of universal design (promoted in collaboration with Mitsubishi Electric Corporation) won the IAUD 2013 Gold Award organized by the International Association for Universal Design. This is the second consecutive year that Panasonic has received an IAUD Gold Award. Panasonic also received two silver awards for its "global launch of the voice guidance equipped TV" and "solar lanterns." This is also the second year in a row that Panasonic has won a Silver Award. In addition to these products, six more products were selected for the IAUD Awards, so in total Panasonic received nine commendations, the most number of IAUD Awards it has ever received.
Panasonic ranked 68th in the "Best Global Brands 2013" report published by Interbrand, the world's leading brand consultancy. This is the 14th annual ranking of the 100 most valuable global brands. The value of each brand is converted into a dollar value to produce the table.
Panasonic Corporation of North America (PNA) hosted a press presentation event at its Innovation Center, the company's first ever general showroom in the United States, located within the new offices in Newark, New Jersey. At the Innovation Center and at the venue for the US Open Tennis Championships (US Open) , the company is appealing its transition into a company that provides a wide range of B2B solutions alongside its consumer products familiar to the American market.
Panasonic Corporation was named again in 2013 to the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI World), one of the world's renowned socially responsible investment (SRI) indexes. This is the ninth consecutive year that the company was named to DJSI World since 2005.
Panasonic Corporation today announced that it has agreed to provide technical support to Tokai University's solar car team, which will compete in the 2013 World Solar Challenge (WSC 2013), one of the world's biggest races for solar cars, to be held from October 6 to 13 in Australia. Under the sponsorship agreement, Panasonic will provide the Japanese university team with its HIT（R)(*1) solar cells which boast the industry's top-class electricity output*2 as well as its high-capacity lithium-ion batteries.
On July 31, 2013, Panasonic released its annual report on its efforts toward the society and the environment as well as its specific activities in the previous fiscal year. Panasonic has previously disclosed information on its initiatives for a sustainable society in two separate areas: CSR (corporate social responsibility) and environmental activities. The two have now been integrated into one single report from 2013, in consideration of accessibility to the information by customers.