Fujitsu commits to UK’s superpower potential in science and technology

TOKYO AND LONDON, June 15, 2022 – Forty years after Fujitsu began its presence in the United Kingdom, the company is committed to a major investment program to establish the United Kingdom as a key player in its global innovation network. Fujitsu is determined to bring further innovation to the UK and will see more than 200 highly skilled jobs created next year. This will contribute to the great bridge of innovation connecting the United Kingdom and Japan, which the Minister of Investment of the United Kingdom Lord Grimstone described in his speech at the Lancaster House (14.06.2022) when announcing this investment.

During London Technology Week, Fujitsu set the first phase of this investment with the initial £ 22 million to set up its Center for Cognitive and Advanced Technologies (C-CAT), with the first projects already under way in the North West of England. The foundation of C-CAT is an important milestone in Fujitsu’s global technology innovation strategy. The center will import emerging technologies from Japan, serve as a catalyst for cross-sectoral innovation and a broader transformation of Fujitsu, focused on the commercialization of research and partnerships. This will form the basis for directing future investments.

The Communication follows the strengthening of relations between the United Kingdom and Japan following the signing of the Free Trade Agreement in October 2020. The FTA allows for greater science and technology cooperation between the two countries, which, together with the UK Government’s commitment to improves the UK’s status as a scientific and technological superpower helping to attract this initial investment, with additional communications planned later this year.

Visiting London Tech Week, Fujitsu’s global technical director, Vivek Mahajan, said: “Fujitsu is committed and trusted in the United Kingdom. We share the ambitions of the UK Government to thrive as a scientific and technological superpower. We recognize the potential of the growing partnership between the United Kingdom and Japan and will strive to contribute to this by building C-CAT as an innovation bridge between the two countries. The creation of the Center for Cognitive and Modern Technology here demonstrates the importance of the United Kingdom in our global mission to make the world more sustainable through innovation. ”

The Minister for Investment of the United Kingdom Government, Lord Grimstone, said: “Fujitsu’s decision to invest £ 22 million to build its new center here in the UK is proof of our business-friendly environment, creating 200 jobs. and will strengthen the great bridge of innovation connecting the United Kingdom and Japan. This project supports our shared ambition to maintain the UK’s status as a scientific and technological superpower and to improve our global leadership in key areas such as AI and quantum computing in today’s digital and data-driven economy.

The initial investment of £ 22 million will create C-CAT to integrate Fujitsu’s business with a number of emerging technologies, including quantum, AI and digital dual technologies, providing a direct link to work in Japan so that the UK can benefit from Japan’s leadership in areas such as supercomputers with Fujitsu’s work on Fugaku, one of the world’s fastest supercomputers – while Fujitsu benefits from working with the UK’s thriving research and innovation ecosystem.

C-CAT will be led by emerging technology expert Dr. Keith Deere and will see Fujitsu invest in skills alongside advanced technology. As part of this investment, Fujitsu will explore additional opportunities to use its quantum-inspired Digital Annealer technology in the UK. Fujitsu’s world-leading quantum-inspired technology has already benefited UK partners such as the UK Space Agency. Providing this technology onshore and on-site in the UK will provide greater benefits for the UK industry and the public sector, adding to the long-term needs for sustainability and resilience.

Initially working from Fujitsu’s Manchester office and drawing on Fujitsu’s long-standing partnership and explicable AI with the University of Manchester, C-CAT will expand into a permanent campus built on collaborative creativity to address major challenges through innovation for the benefit of business, government and society. The final location of the C-CAT campus will be determined after a rigorous evaluation and will be announced in the fall.

Fujitsu UK CEO Anwen Owen said: “Through a series of investments, we are showing our trust in the UK in the long run. Fujitsu puts the UK at the heart of its approach to global innovation. This initial investment has the potential to grow in the coming years as we build our capabilities in cognitive and advanced technologies such as quantum, AI and digital twin – to support our goal of revolutionizing the way people and organizations make decisions. The establishment of the Center for Cognitive and Advanced Technologies is just the first step in expanding our presence in the UK, investing in digital talent and emerging technologies so that we can contribute to the UK’s science and technology potential.

Following the creation of C-CAT, Fujitsu will set out the details of the second phase of increasing its commitment to the United Kingdom later this year with more ambitious plans for 2023.

About Fujitsu

Fujitsu’s goal is to make the world more sustainable by building public trust through innovation. As the chosen partner for digital transformation for clients in more than 100 countries, our 124,000 employees work to address some of the greatest challenges facing humanity. Our range of services and solutions is based on five key technologies: computing, networking, AI, data and security and converging technologies, which we combine to ensure the transformation of sustainability. Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702) reported consolidated revenues of 3.6 trillion yen ($ 32 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2022, and remains Japan’s leading digital services company by market share. Learn more: www.fujitsu.com.


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