The Hindu Business Line  Nov 27  Comment 
Shares of Hitachi Home & Life Solutions will remain in focus, as the open offer from Johnson Electric Service Company to its shareholders begins on Monday. The acquirer and persons acting in c...
The Economic Times  Nov 26  Comment 
"With approvals from my supervisors, I started a club – ‘The Hitachi Youngsters’—and its members would meet every week."
The Hindu Business Line  Nov 26  Comment 
Tata Hitachi is planning to target municipal corporations which are in the process of modernisation to sell its excavators. “We have identified this new opportunity after we successfully...
The Hindu Business Line  Nov 16  Comment 
Company sees huge opportunity in public safety aspect
Reuters  Nov 10  Comment 
Activist investor Amber Capital has asked Italy's market watchdog to decide whether Hitachi should raise its bid for rail signaling firm Ansaldo STS , mounting a potentially...
The Hindu Business Line  Oct 30  Comment 
Sets sights on smart city projects
Benzinga  Oct 30  Comment 
Hitachi, Ltd. (OTC: HTHIY) announced today that the conditions precedent were satisfied for the agreements for Hitachi to acquire Finmeccanica S.p.A. ([FNM.IM,] "Finmeccanica")'s signalling and rolling stock operations signed on February 24,...
Automotive World  Oct 27  Comment 
Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd. today announced that it will be participating at the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) 2015, to be held at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, in the United States, from Tuesday...
The Hindu Business Line  Oct 27  Comment 
Japanese major Hitachi today said it has made Hitachi Hi-Rel Power Electronics its wholly-owned subsidiary. “Hitachi Ltd announced today that it has made Hitachi Hi-Rel Power Electronics...
The Economic Times  Oct 26  Comment 
The broader Topix also gained 0.7 percent, to 1,558.99, and so did the JPX-Nikkei Index 400, which ended at 13,979.88.


Hitachi, Ltd. (HIT), a Tokyo-based global conglomerate, has a highly diversified product mix ranging from consumer electronic products to power plants and electronic devices. Hitachi's emphasis on research and development (R&D) and its application of a wide range of advanced technologies for this purpose, makes it one of the world s largest manufacturers of electronic products. The company operates through seven industry segments. These segments include Power & Industrial Systems (25.6% of 2006 revenue), Information & Telecommunications Systems (21.0%), High Functional Materials & Components (15.2%), Digital Media & Consumer Products (12.8%), Logistics, Electronic Devices (10.9%), Services, & Others (10.3%), and Financial Services (4.2%).

Hitachi operates on a global scale with more than one-third of its business conducted overseas, as indicated by its sources of revenue for fiscal year 2006, ended March 2007. The company generated 59.5% from Japan, 18.1% from Asia, 10.3% from North America, 8.5% from Europe, and 3.6% from other areas. Employing more than 356,000 people worldwide, Hitachi distributes its products in Japan (primarily through its own sales network) and uses overseas sales subsidiaries, joint-venture companies, and unaffiliated distributors for international marketing. Hitachi currently has 920 consolidated subsidiaries and 165 equity-method affiliates. The company's total assets as of March 31, 2007 were $90,259.1 million, compared to $85,221.5 as on March 31, 2006.

Hitachi faces several challenges such as globalization of some of its markets, commoditization of some of its products, stagnation in some industries, fluctuation in exchange rates, and an interest rate hike in China, where Hitachi is expanding its business. To combat the pressure, the company is closing or downsizing unprofitable operations where feasible, seeking joint ventures with competitors, reallocating employees from overstaffed businesses to growth businesses, reorganizing the geographical allocation of its manufacturing facilities, and emphasizing the development of cutting-edge technology. Despite its recent progress and a promising future, Hitachi will have to resolve these key issues before the shares become more attractive.


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