Hitachi Italy helps rebuild school in Esanatoglia hit by earthquake

Milan, Italy, February 7, 2018 --- Hitachi Europe Srl (Hitachi Italy) a subsidiary of Hitachi Europe Ltd. is proud to announce its participation in a project with The National Confederation of Misericordie in Italy to rebuild the Carlo Alberta Dalla Chiesa Secondary School in Esanatoglia, following its devastation at the hands of The Earthquake in Central Italy in August 2016.

The school, based in the Marche municipality of Esanatoglia, was badly damaged and condemned by the natural disaster, meaning pupils had to be temporarily relocated in order to continue their schooling causing much disruption to both theirs and their families’ lives.

With Hitachi’s global vision to deliver innovations that answer society’s challenges, Hitachi Italy sought a way it could help and contribute to this local community. It partnered with The National Confederation of Misericordie in Italy to become a private backer for the project, along with four other companies. The agreement to fund the school re-build was signed on 1 February 2018 and building work will start this month with the aim to have the school completed by the summer.

Hitachi group companies in Italy including Ansaldo STS; Hitachi Drives & Automation; FIAMM Electric Technology; Hitachi Industrial Engineering; Hitachi Medical Systems and Hitachi Rail all came together to raise money for the project by encouraging staff to take part in fundraising activities, as well as contributing directly.

Lorena Dellagiovanna, Country Manager for Italy, Hitachi Europe Ltd. said: “The Earthquake of Central Italy was a devastating natural disaster which had tremendous impact on communities and towns across Italy. Whilst we cannot begin to imagine the utter devastation the earthquake caused for so many, we are proud to be able to support the project with Misericordie to rebuild the school in Esanatoglia, helping to give this town their community back. I’d like to thank all of Hitachi’s staff in Italy for their fundraising efforts, as well as everyone involved in the project.”

The new school will have an extension of more than 400 square meters, compared to its original size, and is designed to accommodate 60 students across three classrooms and a laboratory.

Through its Social Innovation Business, Hitachi is committed to drive innovation with all its stakeholders to provide real benefits to society, turning the world’s challenges into opportunities and creating a safer, smarter and more sustainable world with its technologies.

About Hitachi Europe Ltd.

Hitachi Europe Ltd., a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., is headquartered in Maidenhead, UK. The company is focused on its Social Innovation Business - delivering innovations that answer society’s challenges. Hitachi Europe and its subsidiary companies offers a broad range of information & telecommunication systems; rail systems, power and industrial systems; industrial components & equipment; automotive systems, digital media & consumer products and others with operations and research & development Laboratories across EMEA. For more information, visit http://www.hitachi.eu.

About Hitachi, Ltd.

Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society’s challenges. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2016 (ended March 31, 2017) totaled 9,162.2 billion yen ($81.8 billion). The Hitachi Group is a global leader in the Social Innovation Business, and it has approximately 304,000 employees worldwide. Through collaborative creation, Hitachi is providing solutions to customers in a broad range of sectors, including Power / Energy, Industry / Distribution / Water, Urban Development, and Finance / Government & Public / Healthcare. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at http://www.hitachi.com.