Japan-based Hitachi Ltd. and Hitachi Mobile Co. have announced a stock-for-stock exchange that would make Hitachi Mobile a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hitachi. As part of its reorganization, Hitachi has positioned the automotive systems business as one of its targeted fields. In October 2004, Hitachi merged with Tokico Ltd and Hitachi Unisia Automotive Ltd. Hitachi now owns 64.8 percent of Hitachi Mobile. Shareholders of Hitachi Mobile are expected to vote on the merger in February.
Under the agreement, both companies will integrate operations extending from development and manufacturing activities to engineering services. The companies expect the integration to facilitate quicker response to customer and technological needs. Continue