International Standards and Conformity Assessment for all electrical, electronic and related technologies
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Hitachi Group

Dr. Takahashi

Chief Technology Officer Hitachi Group


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"Only active participation in the
standardization process helps
develop true enterprise."
Dr. Naoya Takahashi

Interview in Tokyo, June 2010

Greater efficiency

When asked why Hitachi is willing to send experts to participate in international standardization, Dr. Takahashi explained: "As business becomes more globalized and environmental regulations become stricter, it is important that we have global standards. Japanese companies operate worldwide. If each region had its own set of standards, lots of different products would have to be developed and manufactured requiring a huge labour force and investment. For this reason, Hitachi believes international standards are important and will pursue its efforts to contribute to their promotion. Through the IEC, Hitachi is able to disseminate technology that is currently in development throughout the world. And we know that our contribution to the IEC has an impact on our business."

Promoting true enterprise

Dr. Takahashi’s message to companies that have not yet understood the strategic importance of participating in the international standardization process: "We all can agree that using standards is important because they reflect established best practice and have been adopted and are widely used, but that is not enough. We believe that only active participation in the standardization process helps develop true enterprise. That’s why Hitachi participates in IEC activities. It is our hope that more and more companies of all sizes will increasingly share this way of thinking."

About Hitachi

Hitachi, Ltd., headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 360 000 employees worldwide. The 2009 fiscal year (ended 31 March 2010) had consolidated revenues totaling JPY 8,968 billion (USD 96.4 billion). Hitachi focuses on Social Innovation Business, which includes information and telecommunication systems, power systems, environmental, industrial and transportation systems, social and urban systems, as well as the sophisticated materials and key devices that support them. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website.