Panasonic Avionics opens first innovation studio in California


Panasonic Avionics, Pleasanton Innovation Studio Opening. From left to right: Al McGowan, Sr Director Innovation; David Bartlett, Chief Technology Officer; Andrew Mohr, Head of Innovation; Gaston Sandoval, VP of Product Line Management, Global Head of Marketing; and Sebastian Petry, Director, Innovation and Design.

Panasonic Avionics Corporation has opened its first Innovation Studio in Pleasanton, California.

Breaking ground as the first of five planned locations worldwide, Panasonic’s new Innovation Studio in Pleasanton will serve as a hub for innovation, ideation and solution-building. According to Panasonic, the new studio is designed as a space where airlines and partners will gather and co-create the future of travel experience.

David Bartlett, Chief Technology Officer, Panasonic Avionics Corporation, says: “Innovation is at the centre of everything Panasonic Avionics does. Our new facility in Pleasanton will play a major role in fostering our collaboration ethos, and is the first of five such hubs that will enhance and enrich the future inflight travel experience for passengers around the globe, helping travel to become the fourth place.”

The Innovation Studio is located close to Silicon Valley which is recognised as a global centre for tech innovation. The facility will act as a hub from which Panasonic will work with airlines to investigate, illuminate and implement new ways of transforming the passenger experience in a socially collaborative environment.

Panasonic’s Innovation Studios across the globe will all be located in close proximity to major destinations, leading universities and centres with an established innovation and startup culture. Each studio will be a place for companies to leverage Panasonic’s skilled workforce to prototype, showcase and evaluate product concepts, digital solutions, and user experience paradigms.