Hitachi to Strengthen Global R&D Strategy

Tokyo, April 16, 2013 — Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501, “Hitachi”) has decided to build-up a global R&D system closely linked to markets in order to spur business expansion. Under the new global R&D strategy, Hitachi will first increase the number of overseas researchers by seeking talented human resources globally. Further, to expand business in target regions, Hitachi will also be establishing a new research base in Brazil. The new research base will manage and promote local R&D activities as well, open laboratories within each regional base to conduct research and development to leverage regional characteristics.