Hitachi forms Hitachi Power Systems Canada

Hitachi Ltd. (NYSE: HIT) said it is merging Hitachi Canada Ltd. (HCL) and Hitachi Canadian Industries Ltd. (HCI) into one company, Hitachi Power Systems Canada Ltd., effective April 1.

The integration will unify manufacturing and sales by combining sales functions of HCL with HCI’s procurement and manufacturing functions. The move is designed to expedite decision-making and improve management efficiency in an effort to enhance the competitiveness of the power systems business in the Canadian market.

In 1971, Hitachi established HCL as a regional sales company in Canada, and in 1988 established HCI as a manufacturing base for power generation equipment. In 2002, Hitachi won an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract from EPCOR Power Development Corp., a power utility based in Alberta, for the 495 MW Genesee Phase 3 project, one of Canada’s first supercritical pressure coal-fired thermal power plants. In 2007, Hitachi won a turnkey order of facilities for 495 MW supercritical pressure coal-fired thermal power generation equipment for the Keephills Unit 3 by EPCOR and TransAlta Corp.

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