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Hitachi in Europe

Research & Development

Hitachi's reseach facitilies in Europe

The European R&D Centre (ERD) of Hitachi Europe Limited was established in April 1989, leading its research and development activities in Europe. Now it is focusing in the following areas:

  • nanoelectronics
  • social infrastructure technology (transportation and energy)
  • information technology

ERD has long recognised the necessity of working with complementary partners in Europe to create revolutionary concepts and technologies to keep abreast with the increasing changes of technology. ERD are proud to offer such a working environment for their talented staff.

European R&D milestones

European R&D milestones
1989 Hitachi Cambridge Laboratory was established collaborating with the Microelectronics Research Centre of Cambridge University.


Hitachi Cambridge Laboratory (HCL) [UK]

1980 Hitachi Design Centre Europe was established.


Hitachi Design Centre Europe (HDCE) [UK]

2000 Hitachi Sophia-Antipolis Laboratory (HSAL) was established for Mobile Communication R&D
2005 Automotive R&D Laboratory (ADL) was established.


Transportation, Energy and Environment Laboratory (TEEL) Automotive [Germany]

2008 HSAL was renamed as ICT Laboratory.


Information and Communication Technology Laboratory (ICTL) [France]

2011 Transportation, Energy and Environment Laboratory was established adding the railway and energy research group to ADL.


Transportation, Energy and Environment Laboratory (TEEL) Railway [UK]