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The SDGs and the Industrial Products Business Unit

Industrial Products Business Unit
Providing Key Products
for the Social Innovation Business
Keizo Kobayashi
Vice President and Executive Officer
CEO of Industrial Products Business Unit

Products and Services That Contribute to the SDGs

Hitachi, Ltd. was founded in 1910. The original product was the induction motor. The Industrial Products Business Unit inherits the motor business and provides key products globally to meet needs of the manufacturing and resources and energy sectors through monozukuri (manufacturing) and technological innovation.

We in the Industrial Products Business Unit believe that our products and services contribute to the SDGs. We supply electrical motors for trains and offshore wind turbines, power conditioning systems, uninterruptible power systems, and pumps for water and sewage treatment plants. Our products and services can help resolve climate-change issues and improve people's quality of life. Technological innovations leading to energy-saving, downsized, and more efficient products can reduce the environmental burden and improve labor productivity. The growing demand for renewable energy and more efficient uses of energy and resources to solve social issues represents a major business opportunity for our business.

The Japanese government launched the Society 5.0 initiative calling for a transition “from monozukuri (manufacturing) to kotozukuri (value creation),” and Hitachi is helping meet emerging needs. In addition to supplying power conditioning systems and power generators for offshore wind turbines, our business unit works together with the Power Business Unit and provides services for the entire life cycle of our products, such as using sensors to monitor operational conditions. Hitachi's strengths lie not just in manufacturing but also in value creation, generated by connecting our products to other products and services.

We are expanding business opportunities, but there are also risks. For example, the energy mix in Japan had mainly consisted of thermal and nuclear power, but the share of renewable energy is growing. If the cost of for renewable energy exceed the range anticipated for the planned energy mix, the renewable energy market may shrink, which will be a risk for our business. Moreover, our business in itself can lead to risks as the volume of industrial waste may temporarily rise as facilities are replaced. We disclose both the risks and merits of our products and services to our customers, who can make their decisions from a life-cycle perspective.

Hitachi's Contributions to the Achievement of the SDGs

Of the 17 SDGs, the Industrial Products Business Unit is particularly committed to contributing to the achievement of Goals 7 and 9 with our main products and services, and we are proud to be the Hitachi employees engaged in this business. We are also applying the monozukuri knowhow we have accumulated over many years to achieve Goal 4 through our skills- and vocational-training programs at our production sites in China and India.

Our business strategy already incorporates measures to contribute to the achievement of the SDGs, so we are now in the process of identifying ways of contributing that is more in keeping with Hitachi; we are now discussing what are the products and services that only we can provide and that will lead not only to the sustainable development of society but also to Hitachi's long-term sustainability.

Key SDGs for Our Business Unit

The Key Products That Support the Social Innovation Business and That Contribute to Goals 7 and 9