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High-Efficiency Amorphous Motor Among Winners at 2017 R&D 100 Awards (PDF Type, 116 kByte)

December 13, 2017

High-Efficiency Amorphous Motor Among Winners at 2017 R&D 100 Awards

Singapore, 13 December 2017 – Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501, “Hitachi”) and Hitachi Industrial Equipment Systems Co., Ltd. (Hitachi Industrial Equipment Systems) today announced that a high-efficiency amorphous motor they have jointly developed was one of the winners of the 2017 R&D 100 Awards sponsored by R&D Magazine in the United States. The award was granted in recognition of its innovation, distinctiveness and potential for technological development, which were valued as key components for creating a new market. The Awards ceremony was held at Walt Disney World Swan Resort (Orland, Florida, the United States) on November 17, 2017.

The R&D 100 Awards, which is sponsored by R&D Magazine in the United States, selects and commends the most outstanding 100 products and technologies from those which have been put to practical use over the previous one year among studies and research in the industrial and academic circles and those supported by government. With a history of granting the Awards based on the evaluation criteria including “technological superiority” since 1963, it is one of the world’s most authoritative engineering awards.

High-efficiency amorphous motors are attracting attention as a technology that will increase the efficiency of electric equipment and curb energy consumption, reflecting increasing social interest in recent years in environmental issues such as global warming. In 2008, Hitachi and Hitachi Industrial Equipment Systems developed the basic technology for an axial gap motor, which is able to increase the efficiency of motors, by employing amorphous magnetic metal in the motor core. They turned the world’s highest IE5*-class efficiency amorphous motor into a commercial reality in 2015 and also sold air compressors on which this motor is mounted in 2017. As such, the application of the amorphous motor across a wide range of areas is expected.

The Hitachi Group will continue to contribute to the development of science and technology and industrial progress through technological development.

Related new releases/ announcements
Development of IE5-class efficiency standard amorphous motor (announced on July 9, 2014)

*The highest efficiency class in the energy efficiency guidelines for motors that are being formulated in the IEC60034-30-2 of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).

About Hitachi Ltd.

Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society’s challenges. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2016 (ended March 31, 2017) totaled 9,162.2 billion yen ($81.8 billion). The Hitachi Group is a global leader in the Social Innovation Business, and it has approximately 304,000 employees worldwide. Through collaborative creation, Hitachi is providing solutions to customers in a broad range of sectors, including Power / Energy, Industry / Distribution / Water, Urban Development, and Finance / Government & Public / Healthcare. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at

About Hitachi Industrial Equipment Systems Co,. Ltd.

Hitachi Industrial Equipment Systems Co,.Ltd. headquarted in Tokyo, Japan, is a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., and is engaged in the manufacturing, sales and services of industrial components and equipments. The company offers various industrial products including motors, factory automation/control systems, wind/water systems, pneumatic systems, power distribution, environmental systems and labor-saving systems. For more information, visit