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Hitachi Automotive Systems Ltd.

It started from one component part.

History
1930
  • Advanced into domestic production of automotive electric parts.
1936
  • Delivered sample electric parts to Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. and Toyota Motor Corporation.
1938
  • Acquired Tokyo Gas Electric Industry, Ltd. stock (owner of approx. 78% stock of now-defunct TOKICO, Ltd.), as a resulting in TOKICO became a subsidiary of Hitachi Group.
1964
  • Established Automotive Products Division.
1970
  • Produced first IC-regulator-integrated alternators.
1978
  • Produced the first electronic-control carburetors in Japan.
1979
  • Produced the world's first engine central control units.
1980
  • Produced the world's first photoelectric crank angle sensors and semiconductor pressure sensors.
1981
  • Produced the world's first hot-wire airflow 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.
  • Established Hitachi Automotive Products (USA), Inc. (automotive parts manufacturing company) in Kentucky, U.S.A.
1986
  • Established Hitachi Farmington Hills Technical Center in Michigan, U.S.A.
1991
  • Established Xanavi Informatics Corporation (on-board information system manufacturer) in a joint venture with Nissan.
1992
  • Nissan released the first electric passenger cars in Japan on the domestic market. Hitachi delivered motors and controllers for these electric cars.
1993
  • Acquired "ISO9001" certification of quality assurance stipulated by the International Standardization Organization.
1994
  • Established SIAM HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE PRODUCTS LTD. (automotive products manufacturing company) in a joint venture with Siam Auto Parts in Thailand.
    (Relocated to Bangpakong from Samutprakan in 1997)
  • Established Hitachi Car Engineering Co., Ltd.
1995
  • Established Changsha Hitachi Automotive Products, Ltd. (automotive products manufacturing company) in Changsha, Hunan, China.
  • Hitachi Automotive Products (USA), Inc. was awarded QS9000 certification for the first time as an automotive transformer plant of Japanese origin.
1996
  • VICS™ service was commenced. Delivered on-road equipments and vehicle-mounted units for this service.
1997
  • Established UNISIA OF GEORGIA Corporation in Georgia, U.S.A.
  • Established Hitachi Automotive Products Europe, Ltd. (automotive parts manufacturing company) in Bolton, U.K.
  • Gasoline Direct-injection systems were mounted on Nissan Leopard passenger cars.
  • Acquired QS9000 certification for all the products.
  • Sawa Works acquired ISO14001 certification.
1998
  • Atsugi Works, Gunma Works (then Unisia Jecs Corporation), Unisia JKC Steering System - Akita Works, Unisia Kyushu, and Unisia Iwaki (dissolved in 2005) acquired ISO14001 certification (multiple-certification).
1999
  • Capitalized 16.7% stock of Unisia Jecs Corporation to solidify cooperation and collaborative development of ITS drive control technology.
  • Yamanashi Works (then TOKICO, Ltd.) acquired ISO14001 certification.
  • Automotive Products Division was renamed Automotive Products.