The elements that make up Hitachi's Social Innovation Business include systems for a variety of fields that combine infrastructure technology and IT, the key devices such as motors and inverters that support the advanced features and competitiveness of these systems, and their high functional materials and components. An enabling technology, high functional materials are essential to bringing forth new innovations.
Hitachi is working vigorously on the development of materials and components that satisfy the expectations of society, drawing on a base of original technologies built up over many years. Examples of metals include amorphous metals that can be used to build transformers that are small, light, and highly efficient, and rare-earth magnets that have the most desirable magnetic properties and contribute to achieving smaller size, lighter weight, higher efficiency, and lower energy consumption in a variety of different fields.
Wire and cable products that play an essential role in building a sustainable society include cables used in rolling stock and motor windings for hybrid vehicles. The originality and innovation in these materials have earned them a strong reputation in many quarters.
Hitachi also supplies a diverse range of ground-breaking chemical materials that deliver functional enhancements, such as an anode material for lithium-ion batteries with high capacity and excellent discharge load characteristics, and high-thermal-conductivity sheets that combine the thermal conductivity of a metal with the flexibility of rubber and are used to dissipate heat from CPUs.