Hitachi, Ltd.

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Hitachi, Ltd. <tr><td colspan="2" style="text-align:center; padding:16px 0 16px 0;"></td></tr>
Type Public (TYO: 6501 NYSE: HIT)
Founded 1910
Headquarters Marunouchi Itchome, Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan

<tr><th style="text-align:right; padding-right:0.75em;">Key people</th><td>Kazuo Furukawa, President</td></tr><tr><th style="text-align:right; padding-right:0.75em;">Industry</th><td>Computer hardware, software</td></tr><tr><th style="text-align:right; padding-right:0.75em;">Products</th><td>software & services, computing & communications platforms, electronic devices</td></tr><tr><th style="text-align:right; padding-right:0.75em;">Revenue</th><td>Image:Green Arrow Up.svg¥4,766 billion yen (2004)</td></tr><tr><th style="text-align:right; padding-right:0.75em;">Employees</th><td>~151,000 (2005)</td></tr><tr><th style="text-align:right; padding-right:0.75em;">Slogan</th><td>Inspire the Next</td></tr><tr><th style="text-align:right; padding-right:0.75em;">Website</th><td></td></tr>

Hitachi, Ltd. (株式会社日立製作所 Kabushiki-gaisha Hitachi Seisakusho?) (TYO: 6501 , NYSE: HIT) is a Japanese global company headquartered in Marunouchi Itchome, Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan. The company forms Hitachi Group.


[edit] History

Hitachi was founded in 1910 as an electrical repair shop. Today it is one of the leading retailers in new technology

[edit] Hitachi Works

Hitachi Works is the oldest member of the Hitachi Group and consists of three factories: Kaigan, Yamatte, and Rinkai Works. Yamatte Works, the oldest of the three factories, was founded in 1910 by Namihei Odaira as an electrical equipment repair and manufacturing facility. This facility was named Hitachi, and is regarded as the ancestral home of Hitachi, Ltd.

Many management trainees intern at Hitachi Works before being permanently assigned to other Hitachi divisions. Senior management personnel are often participate in rotations at Hitachi Works for a few years as their career develops towards eventual head office stature. As a result, many of the senior managers of Hitachi Ltd. have passed through Hitachi Works.

Spin-off entities from Hitachi Works include Hitachi Cable (1956) and Hitachi Canadian Industries (1988).

[edit] Products

As well as consumer products, Hitachi provides products for other manufactures such as integrated circuits and other semiconductors.

[edit] Investor relations

This Hitachi office building is in Chiyoda, Tokyo.

The stock is traded on the following exchanges:

Luxembourg, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Paris, New York (HIT), Tokyo (6501), Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka and Sapporo stock exchanges

[edit] Shareholders

(Data as of February 2006)

[edit] Research

The Hitachi Research Laboratory is involved in research in several fields. Currently they are working on:

  • Fuel cells through the use of nanotechnology
  • Hybrid battery cars
  • High strength nano-glass substrates
  • Nano-grain encapsulation and self-assembly
  • High-performance power supplies

[edit] See also

  • Tsutenkaku (a tower in Osaka advertising Hitachi, Ltd.)
  • Samanea saman also called "monkey pod" (a tree in Oahu, Hawaii shown on TV commercial in Japan)

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