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Polish Potential
May 7, 2015   
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Piotr Zawadzki, Hitachi Europe’s Country Manager for Poland, talks to Ewa Hancock.

Hitachi in Poland used to be primarily known as an electronic equipment brand. Nowadays the company is mentioned in relation to major infrastructure projects and IT solutions.

The broad range of our products and solutions can indeed be described as impressive. We operate in many sectors from power engineering, railways and logistics services to automotive components and cutting-edge solutions for the information and communications technology sector. In Poland, we also provide medical equipment, scientific instruments, construction equipment and power tools.

Tell us more about your company.

The Hitachi Group comprises around 1,000 companies that offer a very broad range of products and have over 320,000 employees around the world. With sales revenue of around $100 billion, Hitachi ranks among the world’s 100 largest corporations by sales volume, according to Forbes magazine’s latest league table. Our strategy focuses on what is known as social innovation. Hitachi strives to provide total solutions for sustainable, urban development worldwide and to address critical global issues. To accomplish this, we integrate cutting-edge IT and infrastructure technology to improve safety and security.

I should add that every year, we spend more than $3 billion on research and development, which shows how important innovation and constant development are to us.

Does Hitachi see Poland and other countries in Central and Eastern Europe as important markets?

It absolutely does and I can tell you that Poland is one of the most strategic countries in Europe for Hitachi. Companies in the Hitachi Group first started doing business in Poland in the early 1990s. Eight years ago, the Hitachi corporation decided to open a representative office in Warsaw, tasked with devising strategy and streamlining the corporation’s development in the region. The position of the Hitachi Group has since changed radically and we have several hundred employees in Poland alone, operating on many sectors of the Polish market.

Which of these sectors are of key importance to Hitachi and where is your presence particularly strong?

Hitachi has traditionally strong ties with the power sector and we have vast experience in this area, with competence built up over many years. This includes power generation and methods to enhance the efficiency of power transmission and storage. We have worked with power plants in Poland for years, for example installing exhaust gas treatment systems. In 2012, we took part in a tender to build a new, zl.6-billion power unit at the Kozienice Power Plant. Actually, Mitsubishi-Hitachi Power Systems Europe is developing projects for the Enea Group in Kozienice and the PGE Group in Turów.

We have also been highly successful in the IT sector, as providers of solutions designed to increase the security of IT processes and working on a number of projects, especially for the financial sector. One of our companies, Hitachi Data Systems, which is a major player on the global market for data storage solutions, has a Shared Service Center in Cracow with more than 200 specialists in finance, IT and human resources.

We have been rapidly developing our regional logistics operations as well and last year we invested in a car fleet management company, since we see the large potential in this area.

As a major international corporation hailing from Japan, how easy is it to work with Polish companies?
Ever since we came to Poland, we have been highly impressed by how professional many Polish firms are and we also appreciate the skills possessed by a large group of experts, their technical skills in particular. Thanks to its stable economy and politics, for us Poland is a key European market with potential to further develop.

There are many interesting and ambitious companies in Poland and as they develop, I believe they will make their mark not only in Europe, but on global markets. That is why we seek to work even more closely with companies in Poland and we regularly make new contacts. I also believe there is still large potential to strengthen collaboration with local product and service providers so they become involved in Hitachi’s projects in Europe, especially in areas such as power engineering, railways and IT.
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