February 4, 2010
Hitachi to Launch Special Edition of Hitachi Young Leaders Initiative
Hitachi Group celebrates 100th anniversary with the Launch of Hitachi Young Leaders Initiative Alumni Forum
Singapore, 4 February 2010 – Hitachi Asia Ltd. today announced that it will hold a special edition of the long-running community relations programme, the Hitachi Young Leaders Initiative (HYLI) in mid-July this year. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Hitachi, Ltd., Singapore will host the HYLI Alumni Forum, which will bring together about 100 alumni from the past 14 years to discuss the theme “Driving Asia to a New Paradigm – What is Asia’s role in the global Arena?”
Hitachi’s first Asian business was back in 1929, when mining locomotive trains were exported to Zunkun Mining Company in the former British colony of Malaya. A Representative Office was later established in Singapore in 1963, since then Hitachi has continued to develop for a further 46 years. Today, the Hitachi Group of Companies in Singapore totals 29 entities, with staff strength of 5,000 people and generating a turnover of 370 billion yen (approximately S$5.5billion).
At the same time, the Group is conscious of its role as a good corporate citizen and its corporate social responsibility. In 1996, Hitachi Asia inaugurated the Hitachi Young Leaders Initiative in Singapore. Nine HYLIs and 14 years later, Singapore is hosting this forum again. The 10th forum is significant because it is a ‘special edition’ for the Group’s centennial events.
Mr Takayuki Hirota, Managing Director for Hitachi Asia Ltd. said, “Over the past century, the world has changed greatly but we have never lost the spirit to care for our society. To celebrate 100 years of dedicated effort to contribute to society, Hitachi will continue to nurture future decision-makers with the special HYLI Alumni Forum.”
“This 10th edition of HYLI will bring together HYLI alumni members who joined us as far back as 1996. Having nurtured more than 224 young leaders over the past 14 years, hosting this forum once again in Singapore symbolises the legacy and vibrant journey of HYLI.”