TechCrunch  Oct 6  Comment 
 You could buy a TV and a Roku player, or you could just go crazy and buy a TV with Roku OS built in. A small handful of TV manufacturers have jumped on the Roku TV train already, including Sharp, Hisense and Haier, and now Hitachi’s officially...
The Hindu Business Line  Oct 5  Comment 
Hitachi Ltd jumps after reports that that it plans to sell Hitachi Koki Co and a portion of Hitachi Kokusai Electric.
The Australian  Oct 4  Comment 
The $976.1 million takeover of Bradken by Hitachi will be a “very cheap” buy, says former Bradken chief Brian Hodges.
WA Business News  Oct 3  Comment 
The board of national mining equipment supplier Bradken has backed a $688 million cash takeover offer from Japan’s Hitachi Machinery Construction Co.
Reuters  Sep 28  Comment 
Hitachi Ltd, Toshiba Corp and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd aim to merge their nuclear fuel businesses, a person with direct knowledge of the talks said, amid bleak...
Forbes  Sep 15  Comment 
Digital transformation offers an opportunity to create new revenue streams and meet changing customer demands, as well as a way to address the rise of digital insurgents trying to hijack core markets. A recent Forbes Insights ebook, CIO’s Guide...
Automotive World  Sep 13  Comment 
Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd. today announced that it will be exhibiting for the first time at the upcoming International Trade Fair for Transport Technology – Innovative Components-Vehicles-Systems, InnoTrans 2016, a four-day event being...
Automotive World  Sep 9  Comment 
Hitachi Automotive Systems Espelkamp GmbH, a member of the Hitachi Automotive Systems Group that is responsible for the company’s automotive repair and aftermarket parts business in Europe, today announced that the company will be participating...
newratings.com  Sep 7  Comment 
PRAG (dpa-AFX) - Hitachi Metals, Ltd. late Tuesday said it will introduce harness assembly lines for rolling stock wire and cables at its operation base in the Czech Republic. The company aims to strengthen its system for offering solutions in the...


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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