Achieving the Goals of CS11
In April 2014 Hitachi High-Technologies unveiled a “three business domain strategy” on the occasion of the announcement of its financial statement. In order to respond to rapid changes in cutting-edge fields, this strategy would rebundle the “four target fields” highlighted by CS11 (next-generation electronics, life sciences, the environment/new energy, and social innovation) into “three business domains” (bioscience/healthcare, social/industrial infrastructure, and advanced industrial systems), which would be prioritized in the allocation of investment and resources. Furthermore, in order to accelerate CS11, a policy of downscaling unprofitable businesses, based on careful monitoring of changes in the market climate, was explicitly stated.
The same month, as part of this new policy, a New Business Development Division was newly established, and the functions related to the Corporate Strategy Division were transferred to it. In October the Global Business Incubation Center functions of the Global Business Strategy Div., Global Business Strategy Group were also consolidated within the New Business Development Division.
In November a new laboratory building, Metrology and Inspection Center Naka (MIC Naka), was completed in the Naka Division, and advanced development work on semiconductor evaluation equipment got underway. Efforts to develop new business opportunities through collaboration with other companies included a joint project with Hitachi, Ltd. and Keio University to develop toys for Bandai Co., Ltd. and the global rollout of cloud services to support stable operation of medical and industrial equipment in collaboration with Microsoft Japan Co., Ltd.
In September 2014 Hitachi High-Technologies announced plans to withdraw from the chip mounter business in line with a policy of selection and concentration of businesses, and in March the bonding equipment business was sold to TY Holdings Co., Ltd.
Three Business Domains