1910 – Founded by electrical engineer Namihei Odaira in Japan. Company’s first product was Japan’s first 5-horsepower electric induction motor, initially developed for use in copper mining.
1916 – Completed 10,000-hp (7,355-kW) water turbine. Becoming a large industrial company making locomotives, transformers, elevators and other industrial products.
1920 – Incorporated as Hitachi (rising sun).
1924 – First large-scale DC electric locomotive to be manufactured in Japan
1949 – First U05 power excavator. Hitachi became known in part for its industrial use vehicles and equipment
1951 – Completed 6,500-kW Kaplan water turbine and 7,000-kVA AC generator (first umbrella-type generator made in Japan)
1958 – First transistor miniature radio
1959 – Established Hitachi America, Ltd.
1961 – Developed fully automatic washing machine
1964 – Completed first cars for the Shinkansen (Bullet Train)
1966 – Released portable tape recorder TRQ-520 and TRQ-330
1968 – TRQ-370 and TRQ-707 solid-state stereo tape deck
1969 – TRQ-737
1970’s Introduced TRQ 570 which was portable and still used reels.
1970 – TRQ-777 and TRQ-730D
1973 – Cassette tape recorder TRQ-225
1979 – TRQ-31
1978 – TV Radio Cassette Recorder K-50E was released
1982 – Established ‘Hitachi Europe Ltd.’. and succeeded in world’s first micro-level observation of magnetic field by the use of electron beam holography.
1984 – First improved standard BWR to be made in Japan
1985 – Stereo cassette tape deck D-E17
2015 – Developed Hitachi AI Technology and launched solutions business using advanced AI technologies