TWO HITACHI GROUP COMPANIES TO MERGE TO EXPAND ROBOTIC SI BUSINESS IN JAPAN AND ASEAN COUNTRIES
Hitachi aims to become a global leader by expanding its ability to comprehensively propose solutions, combining front engineering capabilities, intelligent robotic vision systems and digital solutions.
Hitachi, Ltd. announced that it has been accelerating the global development of its line building business leveraging industrial robots and will merge Hitachi Automation, Ltd. and Kyoto Robotics Corporation, Hitachi Group companies in Hitachi's Industrial Digital Business Unit, on April 1, 2023, to strengthen the robotic SI business in Japan and ASEAN countries.
Hitachi Automation began operating within the Industrial Digital Business Unit in April 2022. Since then, it has been accelerating the fusion between digital solutions analyzing and optimizing data leveraging Lumada handled by Hitachi and robotic SI which involves a massive amount of data from the shop floor.
Kyoto Robotics was founded in 2000 and acquired by Hitachi in April 2021. Since its foundation, it has been developing and providing intelligent robotic vision systems that do not require teaching and master data that recognize objects with an accuracy of 99.99% using three-dimensional vision like humans and that think and carry objects using AI control systems, aiming for full automation in the fields of manufacturing and logistics.
Intelligent Robotic Vision System of Kyoto Robotics
Following the merger, Hitachi will expand its ability to comprehensively propose solutions to customers to move forward with the automation and digital transformation of manufacturing and logistics. This will be achieved through a combination of Hitachi Automation's front engineering capabilities in its robotic SI business, Kyoto Robotics' differentiating technologies in intelligent robotic vision systems, the Hitachi Industrial Digital Business Unit's digital solutions, and the development capabilities of Hitachi's Research & Development Group.
Hitachi will unite its domestic robotic SI business resources, including the companies' customer bases, expertise and human capital, to enhance sales and development functions and to increase business efficiency. 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.