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Hitachi High-Tech GLOBAL

Basic Ideas and Visions

"Healthy, safe and secure lives" is a common desire for all people. By further mastering the "Observation, Measurement, and Analysis" (measurement and analysis technology) that we have cultivated up until now, the Hitachi High-Tech Group will contribute to a future where people can continue to live healthy and fulfilling lives, centered on three fields of medicine, water/ food, and social infrastructure.

Action Targets

1. Expand access to preventive medicine

By developing and providing testing systems that enable highly-efficient diagnoses, we will help to shorten testing times, increase the number of people who receive health checkups, and reduce testing fees. In addition, by developing and providing clinical analyzers and genetic analysis systems, we will respond to the higher needs for personalized medicine and contribute to the promotion of preventive medicine and to curbing medical expenditures.

Specific Actions

Provide devices and services to reduce the amount of specimens and reagents and speed up testing: Contribute to an increase in the number of people who receive health checkups

2. Ensure the safety of water and food

We will help prevent the accumulation of hazardous substances in water, food, the human body, and elsewhere by developing and providing testing systems specialized for specific markets. In addition, we will supply safe water and support people’s safe lives by providing measurement systems for filtered water and drainage in water and sewage systems.

Specific Actions

Manufacturing and sales of equipment that detect hazardous substances to water, food and the human body

3. Ensure the safety of social infrastructure

By realizing non-destructive rapid diagnosis and predictive diagnosis for structures such as roadways, tunnels, railways, and airports, we will contribute to ensuring the safety of social infrastructure and support the safe lives of people.

Specific Actions

  1. Manufacturing and sales of equipment that detect hazardous materials such as explosives and harmful gases, etc.
  2. Sales of optical telecommunications components that serve as the foundation of communications infrastructure

Action Plan

Details of Action Plan

FY2019 Initiative Results

1. Expand access to preventive medicine

Contribute to expansion in the number of people who can be tested by providing products and services that support the increased efficiency and speed of testing operations

  • We are contributing to increased speed in testing at hospitals and testing organizations by placing new testing equipment on the market in addition to next-generation large-scale immunoassay devices. In FY2019, the number of people who can be tested increased by 45 million over the number using our old equipment.
  • We are contributing to expansion of the number of people who can be tested by aiding in the improved efficiency of hospital operation by supplying multi-function devices for biochemical, immunological, and blood coagulation testing.
  • We have established a research center within the Fujita Academy, and there we are promoting coordinated research that contributes to solutions for issues of technology, devices, and operational efficiency in the front lines of healthcare. Realizing heightened sophistication and efficiency of clinical laboratory tests, we are aiming to provide healthcare with safety and security based on high-quality test data as well as to reduce the burden of testing tasks on healthcare practitioners.

image:Clinical test devices used at hospitals, testing organizations, and so onimage:
Clinical test devices used at hospitals, testing organizations, and so on

Clinical test devices used at hospitals, testing organizations, and so on

2. Ensure the safety of water and food

Contribute to preventing the accumulation of toxic substances in the soil, the water, the human body, and so on by developing and providing analytical devices and testing equipment

  • Screening equipment for phthalates*1 that complies with the amended RoHS Directive*2 prevent inclusion of these substances in products marketed in Europe and other regions where they are regulated under national laws and regulations. In this way, we are contributing to the prevention of damage to health. In addition, these testing devices realize simplified operation and reduced testing time, which makes it possible to increase shipping speed for equipment that complies with the amended RoHS Directive and contributes to the changeover to safe products.
  • We developed the AN710 type reagent-less water quality monitor for water supply systems that speeds up the detection of irregularities by improving the response to water quality fluctuations, and we are providing it to municipalities and other such organizations in Japan. This is contributing to the maintenance management of safe, delicious water by means of solutions for daily testing and reporting of the quality of drinking water distributed from water treatment plants to local communities.
  • *1 Phthalates are widely used as plasticizers for softening plastic and rubber in vinyl chloride products such as wire sheaths, electrical insulation tape, and packing films. These materials are contained in a wide range of items, including toys, household appliances, electronic devices, and other consumer goods.
  • *2 A directive by the European Union (EU) for regulating the use of specified hazardous substances contained in electrical and electronic equipment.

image:Testing equipment for detecting substances subject to the amended RoHS Directive
Testing equipment for detecting substances subject to the amended RoHS Directive

3. Ensure the safety of social infrastructure

Contribute to maintenance of safe social infrastructure by providing detection equipment with high hazardous substance detection performance.

  • Detection equipment that detects hazardous substances is being actively used at airports and other such locations where large numbers of people gather together. Going forward, we will realize further improved hazardous substance detection accuracy together with heightened analysis performance, and in this way contribute to the realization of a safer, more secure society.

Contribute to the development and heightened stability of telecommunications infrastructure through the sale of optical communications components for use in high-speed, long-distance transmission equipment

  • The optical communications components sold by Hitachi High-Tech are used in the high-speed, long-distance transmission equipment that supports the foundations of next-generation telecommunications infrastructure, and in the telecommunications equipment used in large-scale data centers. In this way, we provide support to make people's lives comfortable by contributing to the construction of the cloud environment needed for working at home as well as to a stable telecommunications environment for smartphones, the internet, and so on.

image:Optical communications components utilized in the telecommunications equipment used in high-speed, long-distance transmission equipment and in large-scale data centers
Optical communications components utilized in the telecommunications equipment used in high-speed, long-distance transmission equipment and in large-scale data centers