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Hitachi

Hitachi Automotive Systems Ltd.

It started from one component part.

History
1930
  • Hitachi Ltd. advances into domestic production of automotive electric parts.
1934

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  • Manufactures Japan's first impeller-type Lever Arm Shock Absorbers.
1935

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  • Manufactures Japan's first Brake Cylinders and begins full-scale production.
1936
  • Delivered sample electric parts to Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. and Toyota Motor Corporation.
1937

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  • Commences deliveries of cylindrical twin-tube Shock Absorbers.
  • The Measurement Equipment Division of Tokyo Gas Electric Industry, Ltd. is spun off to form Tokyo Kiki Kogyo, Ltd.
1938
  • Tokyo Kiki Kogyo, Ltd. becomes a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. after all shares held by Tokyo Gas Electric Industry, Ltd. are purchased.
1956

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  • Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. Atsugi Plant is spun off to form Atsugi Automotive Parts.
  • Produces Pistons, Water Pumps, Propeller Shafts, Clutches, etc.
1964
  • Hitachi Ltd. establishes the Automotive Products Division.
1965
  • Tokyo Kiki Kogyo Ltd. changes its company name to TOKICO, Ltd.
1968
  • The Sawa Works is established in Hitachinaka-shi, Ibaraki, Japan.
1970
  • Produced first IC-regulator-integrated alternators.
1973
  • Nihon Denshi Kiki Co., Ltd. is established.
1978
  • Produced the first electronic-control carburetors in Japan.
1979

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  • Produces world's first Electronic Concentrated Engine Control Units.
1980
  • Produced the world's first photoelectric crank angle sensors and semiconductor pressure sensors.
1981

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  • Produces world's first Hot-wire Air Flow Sensors.
  • Produced the world's first turbo chargers for rotary engines.
1985
  • Received "IR100" Award in the year 1984 (100 selections of new technologies in the world) for the hot-wire airflow sensor.
  • Hitachi Automotive Products (USA), Inc. is established in Kentucky, USA.
1986

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  • The Hitachi Farmington Hills Technical Center is established in Michigan, USA.
  • Initiates production of Valve Timing Control Systems.
1989
  • Atsugi Automotive Parts changes its company name to Atsugi Unisia.