Hitachi Automation and Kyoto Robotics to merge

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Tokyo, Japan: Hitachi said on Monday, two group companies Hitachi Automation and Kyoto Robotics will merge in its Industrial Digital Business Unit, on April 1, 2023, to strengthen the robotic SI business in Japan and ASEAN countries.

The merger of two Hitachi Group companies aims to help Hitachi become a global leader in robotic systems and solutions space by combining engineering capabilities, intelligent robotic vision systems and digital solutions.

Since Hitachi Automation began operating within the Industrial Digital Business Unit in April 2022, it has been accelerating the fusion between digital solutions analyzing and optimizing data leveraging Lumada – its mix of solutions and technologies.

Following the merger, Hitachi will expand its ability with automation and digital transformation solutions for manufacturing and logistics through a combination of solutions and capabilities from Hitachi Automation, Kyoto Robotics and the Hitachi Industrial Digital Business Unit’s digital in the fields of OT and IT.

Hitachi will also strengthen its collaboration with JR Automation, which operates its robotic SI business mainly in North America and Europe, and Hitachi Automation to expand its ability to provide full turnkey solutions. Taking advantage of its solution proposal capabilities by combining digital technologies, Hitachi will contribute to solving customers’ issues. In this way, Hitachi aims to become a global leader in the robotic SI business.

Hitachi’s Connective Industries Sector is focusing on the global development of Total Seamless Solutions that solves issues existing in boundaries between operations and organisations by leveraging Lumada and Hitachi’s combination of products, OT and IT.

Against this backdrop, the need for automation through the use of robots on the shop floor is increasing, and the field of robotic SI, which involves a huge amount of data, is playing an essential role in connecting management to the shop floor to achieve comprehensive optimization.

In this environment, Hitachi has been strengthening its global business structure in this field for the last few years. Specifically, Hitachi acquired JR Automation in 2019 and Kyoto Robotics in 2021. Hitachi Industrial Equipment Systems acquired KEC Corporation in 2019.

Subsequently, KEC and the robotic SI business of Hitachi Industrial Equipment Systems were reorganised and integrated, becoming Hitachi Automation in April 2022. Now, Hitachi has decided to merge Hitachi Automation with Kyoto Robotics to increase the competitiveness of the robotic SI business in Japan and ASEAN countries.

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