CMC opening ceremony

Roots in China for Growth in China Official Inauguration of HDS China Manufacturing Center

Hitachi Data Systems Corporation (HDS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), announced the official inauguration of the HDS China Manufacturing Center (CMC), its first manufacturing and distribution center in China. Located in the Taicang Port Economic Development Zone in Suzhou City, Jiangsu Province, the facility represents an investment of RMB 50 million by HDS and will mainly be responsible for the production of HDS data-storage products and servers, as well as software.

The official opening of the Manufacturing Center was attended by Brian Householder, Chief Operating Officer of HDS, as well as key members of the senior management team, including Michael Cremen, global Executive Vice President of Sales; John Mansfield, President of HDS platform business and Chief Technical Officer; Frans Van Rijn, Chief Supply Chain Officer; Asim Zaheer, Chief Marketing Officer; Kevin Eggleston, Senior Vice President of Social Innovation; Mark Ablett, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Asia Pacific; Daniel Chong, Vice President and General Manager of mainland China and Taiwan.

HDS China Manufacturing Center (CMC) is the second assembly and manufacturing center in the Asia Pacific region after the Asia Pacific Distribution Center in Singapore, and is the first manufacturing center for HDS in China. HDS CMC represents major investment in China and will act as an important link in the global supply chain of HDS designed to meet growing demand from Chinese entrepreneurs and further fulfill HDS’s China strategy of “Roots in China for Growth in China.”

(L-R): Daniel Chong, Brian Householder, the Mayor of Taicang, Frans van Rijn, Mark Ablett

(L-R): Daniel Chong, Brian Householder, the Mayor of Taicang, Frans van Rijn, Mark Ablett

The center covers an area of over 10,000 square meters and is located in the center of Shanghai’s ‘one-hour economic circle’, adjacent to Shanghai airport, Taicang Port, Shanghai-Nantong railway station, Yangtze River Highway, enabling easy distribution by water, land and air. The center will bring HDS closer to its customers and product suppliers in China, greatly reducing the transportation time to build and deliver the customized configurations of HDS data-storage products according to the specific requirements of customers.

The government official of Taicang comments, “The construction and operation of HDS’ China Manufacturing Center will greatly promote the development of manufacturing, technology, logistics and service-related industries as well as the optimization and upgrading of the industrial chain in Taicang and Yangtze River Delta region. By supporting Internet+, cloud computing, big data, Internet of Things (IoT) and other applications, the solutions and services offered by HDS can continually maintain the effective and stable operation of core businesses of traditional industries. At the same time, HDS’ Social Innovation solutions can bring together industries and information, to help improve the lives of citizens and businesses in the region.”

“The arrival of the Internet+ age will subvert traditional industries, driving the digital transformation and revolution of enterprises,” said Daniel Chong, Vice President and General Manager of mainland China and Taiwan, HDS. “Based on the economic affluence of Yangtze River Delta in China, HDS will rely on Taicang as a manufacturing center to provide local Chinese customers with better customization services that improve the service levels and flexibility needed to meet customer needs.”

The inauguration ceremony also saw demonstrations of HDS’ Social Innovation solutions, covering areas such as intelligent transportation, digital health care, safe cities, mobile big data and big data of economics.

“HDS China Manufacturing Center employs a globally unified material procurement system, a unified standard of manufacturing, and a unified procedure of quality control. It is equipped with globally leading technology, production equipment, the complete customer experience center and service facilities,” said Frans van Rijn, Chief Global Supply Chain Officer, HDS. “In addition, HDS has focused on its corporate responsibility in the development of its China Manufacturing Center. By eliminating transportation of finished systems from outside the country, HDS is able to protect the environment through the overall reduction of its carbon footprint, an annual cut of carbon dioxide by 37%, and mitigation of air pollution by 425 tons.”

The establishment of the HDS CMC adds a finishing touch to the layout of the HDS global value chain and is an important move to strengthen HDS’s commitment to Chinese customers. HDS hopes to connect data and technology with the future, make full use of its innovation advantages in data and overall IT architecture, and better serve Chinese customers based on the Internet of Things and establishing a stronger base of operations in China.

About Hitachi Data Systems

Hitachi Data Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., builds information management and Social Innovation solutions that help businesses succeed and societies be safer, healthier and smarter. We focus on big data that offers real value – what we call the Internet of Things that matter. Our IT infrastructure, analytics, content and cloud solutions and services drive strategic management and analysis of the world’s data. Only Hitachi Data Systems integrates the best information technology and operational technology from across the Hitachi family of companies to deliver the exceptional insight that business and society need to transform and thrive. Visit us at HDS.com.

About Hitachi, Ltd.

Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society’s challenges with our talented team and proven experience in global markets. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2014 (ended March 31, 2015) totaled 9,761 billion yen ($81.3 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes power & infrastructure systems, information & telecommunication systems, construction machinery, high functional materials & components, automotive systems, healthcare and others. For more information, please visit the company’s website at http://www.hitachi.com.




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