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September 8, 2022

Hitachi Acquires Flexware Innovation

NEW YORK and TOKYO, Sept. 8, 2022 — Hitachi, Ltd. has announced its acquisition of Flexware Innovation, Inc., a leading manufacturing Systems Integrator (SI) since 1996. Flexware Innovation is a strategic acquisition for Hitachi due to its focus on the total seamless solution that links “shop floor” and “top floor” with data and digital technology.

With this acquisition of Flexware Innovation, Hitachi will strengthen and enhance its business in the domain of MES (Manufacturing Execution Systems), SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition), Software Development, Business Intelligence (BI), and ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) implementation capabilities in North America, and accelerate the digitalization with JR Automation which engages in the robotic SI & automation. Further, through cooperation with Hitachi Vantara which has expertise in building and deploying Enterprise and Cloud applications, Hitachi will be able to provide total seamless solution from robotic SI & automation, MES, SCADA, BI, and ERP and help manufacturing leaders increase corporate value.

“I am very happy to have Flexware Innovation as a new family member of the Hitachi Group,” said Hitachi executive Kazunobu Morita. “Moving forward, we will strive to solve customers’ challenges and maximize their corporate value in North America through the combination of Hitachi’s products, OT, IT, and Lumada which utilizes advanced digital technologies, the SI technologies and development capabilities of Flexware Innovation, the robotic SI & automation of JR Automation, and other resources.”

“Our people are passionate about solving problems for our customers,” said Scott Whitlock, founder and CEO of Flexware Innovation. “This new partnership with Hitachi will allow us to do that on a larger stage, with strong vision and backing from a respected global technology company. We have developed a unique culture at Flexware Innovation that merges perfectly with Hitachi’s Founding Spirit. I am genuinely excited for our future together.”

Whitlock will remain as President & CEO of Flexware Innovation in partnership with the leaders of Hitachi Industrial Holdings Americas.

About Hitachi, Ltd.

Hitachi drives Social Innovation Business, creating a sustainable society with data and technology. We will solve customers’ and society’s challenges with Lumada solutions leveraging IT, OT (Operational Technology) and products, under the business structure of Digital Systems & Services, Green Energy & Mobility, Connective Industries and Automotive Systems. Driven by green, digital, and innovation, we aim for growth through collaboration with our customers.

Source: Hitachi