Tokyo-based Toshiba Corp. 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 its fiscal year 2014. The primary role of the new R&D capacity will be in software development for social infrastructure and product development for emerging economies, as well as to support the company's global expansion through its strategies of "total storage innovation" and "total energy innovation."
In its mid-term business plan of strategies and goals for the period to the end of fiscal 2014, the company put emphasis on promoting total storage innovation businesses related to Big Data and cloud solutions, as well as to total energy innovation businesses related to power supply and realization of the Smart Community concept. Toshiba is channeling resources to reinforce its capabilities in both business areas, including R&D.
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