Hitachi to Establish New Consumer Business Group and Research Center
Jul 12, 2004
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Electronic and home appliance maker Hitachi, Ltd. announced plans to establish the Consumer Business Group in a move to manage the Hitachi Group's consumer business in an integrated manner. The consumer business is presently the responsibility of Hitachi's Ubiquitous Platform Systems and Hitachi Home & Life Solutions, Inc.

General manager of the new division will be Kazuhiro Tachibana, a Hitachi vice president and executive officer, while Tadahiko Ishigaki, president and director of Hitachi H&L, has been appointed deputy general manager. Mr. Tachibana will continue to serve as president and CEO of the Ubiquitous Platform Systems and Mr. Ishigaki as president and director of Hitachi H&L.

According to the company, the Consumer Business Group will devise unified business strategies and run operations as the central body for coordinating all aspects of the Hitachi Group's consumer business. It will be made up of four divisions: the Strategic Business Planning Division, which will formulate strategy for the consumer business as a whole; the Strategic Business Development Division, which will develop new strategic products; the B2B Sales Division, which will plan and support B2B sales and other operations; and the International Sales Division, which will oversee activities outside Japan.

The Consumer Business Group will collaborate with the Hitachi Group Headquarters, which was established in April this year, as well as establish strong ties with Hitachi Group companies involved in the consumer business. The goal, according to Hitachi, is to create a consumer business rooted in strengths unique to the company.

In addition, Hitachi has also announced plans to establish the Digital Appliance Research Center to consolidate all related research divisions in the Research & Development Group. This center will promote advanced research in the field of digital consumer electronics with research themes including high picture quality and image processing technologies, content archiving and search technologies, and home networking technology.

Hitachi says the Consumer Business Group will cooperate with Hitachi's Ubiquitous Platform Systems, Hitachi H&L, and other Group companies responsible for finished products. In addition, it will also collaborate with the Hitachi Group Headquarters to formulate strategies to take full advantage of all of the Hitachi Group's management resources, including those of businesses such as Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, Hitachi Displays, Ltd., and Fujitsu Hitachi Plasma Display Limited that produce key components.

The company says it also hopes to capture synergies from the integrated management of the digital consumer electronics and home appliances businesses, grow strong businesses through a tighter focus on business domains, and strengthen sales activities in Japan and overseas.

Hitachi believes that strengthening the consumer business in this way will be instrumental to raising the value of the Hitachi brand globally.

Due to the establishment of the Consumer Business Group, the Consumer Business Strategy Division will be dissolved on September 30, 2004.

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