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Hitachi opens its first Indian R&D Centre in Bangalore

To expand IT and social infrastructure business related operations and pioneer new business areas
Bangalore, October 14 2011– Japanese industry giant, ,Hitachi today announced the opening of an IndiaR&D Centre in Bangalore-- the first research base for the group in India. The new R&D Centre will be directly operated by Hitachi India Pvt. Ltd., the regional headquarters for Hitachi Group operations in India, and will conduct research and development focusing on Information &Telecommunication systems and social infrastructure business. In order to support the entry and expansion of Hitachi Group companies in India, the researchers will study the local market need, and promote market-oriented technology research & development to improve and enhance current products, as well as conduct regional research founded on regional needs to pioneer new business areas. Offshore-oriented research will be conducted in collaboration with universities and corporate entities in India to achieve efficient advanced research.

The Hitachi India R&D Centre will start with about 10 researchers, aiming to double this number by FY2015 through local employment, in order to contribute to business growth and pioneer new business areas in India based on local research.

In April 2011, Hitachi undertook an overhaul of its R&D structure to create an organization for the global expansion of Hitachi’s Social Innovation Business by reorganizing and integrating its eight domestic laboratories into three laboratories and increasing its overseas research personnel. In June 2011, Hitachi set out a “New globalization plan” based on six centres located worldwide, in Japan, North America, Europe, China, South-east Asia and India

The launch of the Hitachi India R&D Centre is part ofHitachi’s efforts to promote the localization of research, as well. The activities of the new research centre will be as follows: Market-oriented technology development to support the entry and expansion of Hitachi Group companies in India; regional research to pioneer new business tailored for the market in India; offshore oriented advanced research in collaboration with universities and corporate entities.

Collaborations with the Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad (IIT-H) and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) are already underway, and the establishment of the Hitachi India R&D Centre will serve to facilitate cooperation with local universities and corporate entities.