Hitachi Chemical Co., Ltd. Business Report FY ended Mar. 2017
|(in millions of JPY)|
|FY ended Mar. 31, 2017||FY ended Mar. 31, 2016||Rate of
|Revenue||554,144||546,468||1.4||-Revenue, which was about the same as last year, slightly increased year-over-year (y/y) due to an increase in demand.|
|Operating Income||53,152||53,036||0.2||-Operating income was on the same level y/y due to an increase in demand and effective and continuous cost reductions.|
|Income before income taxes||54,380||53,682||1.3||-|
|Net income attributable to owners of the parent||40,186||38,512||4.3||-|
|Revenue||272,994||269,769||1.2||-Inorganic materials: Revenue increased y/y due to higher sales volumes of negative electrode material for lithium-ion batteries used in environmentally friendly vehicles.|
|-Advanced Components and Systems|
|Revenue||281,150||276,699||1.6||-Automotive parts: Revenue generated from the sale of plastic molded parts, friction materials, and power metallurgy products decreased y/y because of the effect of negative currency translation, even though the Company launched new product proposals.
-Storage devices & systems: Revenue generated from the sale of automotive batteries and industrial-use batteries and systems increased y/y as a result of turning FIAMM Energy Technology S.p.A. into a consolidated subsidiary in the fourth quarter.
Acquisition of German Insulation Parts Maker ISOLITE
-The Company announced that the conclusion of a contract to acquire a 100 percent stake in ISOLITE GmbH (Head Office: Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany), a manufacturer/distributor of thermal insulations for automobiles, aircraft and other industrial applications, from Equita GmbH & Co. Holding KGaA, a private equity fund and other shareholders. This share acquisition will allow Hitachi Chemical to expand the sales of ISOLITE’s thermal insulations to Japanese automakers through its existing domestic sales network, while taking advantage of ISOLITE’s sales network and manufacturing bases in Europe to accelerate the promotion of Hitachi Chemical’s automotive products in the European market. (From a press release on April 27, 2017)
Acquisition of FIAMM’s Automotive and Industrial Battery Business
-The Company announced that it will acquire 51 percent of the shares of FIAMM Energy Technology S.p.A. in Italy. FIAMM group will separate the automobile and industrial lead storage battery business (excluding some of the Chinese business) and Hitachi Chemical will take over the business. Both companies will sign contract during December 2016 and plan to transfer shares during February 2017. Total price of the transaction is estimated about JPY 10.2 billion (EUR 90.3 million). This contract will allow Hitachi Chemical to utilize FIAMM's brand value, manufacturing bases and sales network with a view to further strengthening its lead-acid battery business in Europe, the United States and Southeast Asia. For automotive lead-acid batteries in particular, Hitachi Chemical will enhance its product capabilities by introducing the company's battery storage technology for vehicles with an idling stop system (ISS) to FIAMM Energy Technology in order to boost its shares in major European markets. (From a press release on November 28, 2016)
-January 2016: Absorbed Shin-Kobe Electric Machinery Co., Ltd. and established a foundation for growing the Energy Storage Devices and Systems division as the Company's third largest business.
-April 2015: Established Hitachi Chemical Company America, Ltd. as the regional headquarters in the U.S.
-April 2015: Merged its subsidiaries in Thailand to consolidate management resources in the market
-April 2015: Converted Taiwan First Li-Bond Co., Ltd. into the Company's consolidated subsidiary to strengthen position in the Asian market.
-January 2015: Converted CSB Battery Co., Ltd. in Taiwan into the Company's consolidated subsidiary and acquired CSB's global operations and sales network.
|Name of Facilities||Location|
|Tsukuba Research Laboratory||Ibaraki Pref., Japan|
|Tsukuba Research Laboratory (Yamazaki)||Ibaraki Pref., Japan|
|Tsukuba Research Laboratory (Shimodate)||Ibaraki Pref., Japan|
|Tsukuba Research Laboratory (Saitama)||Saitama Pref., Japan|
|Hitachi Chemical Research Center, Inc.||California, USA|
|Hitachi Chemical - SJTU Research & Development Center||Shanghai, China|
-In order to improve its R&D capability, the Company separated its Research function and Development function under its new organization, which became effective on April 1, 2016.
- Innovation Promotion Headquarters, Core Technology Innovation Center: covers base technology development needed for nonconsecutive growth in the future
- Research and Innovation Promotion Headquarters: covers new product development that anchors the expansion of existing business
Technology Licensing-out Agreement
|(As of Mar. 31, 2017)|
|Company||Other company||Contract Details||Period|
|The Company||Hung-A Forming Co., Ltd. (Korea)||Approval to use technology that involves rear door modules (except for the inner panels)||Mar. 11, 2013 -
Sep. 30, 2029
(The contract is scheduled to automatically renew every year after the initial period ends.)
Technology Licensing-in Agreement
|(As of Mar. 31, 2017)|
|Group company name||Other Party to the Agreement||Contract details||Period|
|The Company||Hitachi, Ltd.||Acquisition of patent rights and license to use technical expertise on μ-Chip tags.||Apr. 20, 2007 -
Apr. 19, 2017
|(in million JPY)|
|FY ended March 2017||FY ended March 2016||FY ended March 2015|
|-Advanced Components and Systems||8,100||8,000||7,100|
-Machinery materials: highly reliable, semiconductor sealing materials for automobiles, ultra-thin multilayer material for semiconductor packages
-Advanced parts and systems: lead-free disk-brake pads, wiring boards that can handle a high number of layers
|(in millions of JPY)|
|FY ended Mar. 31, 2017||FY ended Mar. 31, 2016||FY ended Mar. 31, 2015|
|-Advanced Components and Systems||17,800||20,000||14,100|
Capital Investments in the Fiscal Year that Ended March 2017
-Functional materials: Capital investments to install production facilities in Japan to manufacture materials for wiring boards; and install production and development facilities to launch quantum dot film business.
-Advanced parts & systems: Capital investments to increase production capacity of industrial-use batteries, enhance productivity of plastic-molded automotive parts in Japan, and increase production capacity of power metallurgical products in the USA.
Planned Capital Investment Amounts in the Fiscal Year Ending March 2018
-Functional materials: JPY 29,000 million
-Advanced parts & systems: JPY 31,000 million
-Total: JPY 60,000
Outlook for FY ending Mar. 31, 2018
|(in millions of JPY)|
|FY ending Mar. 31, 2018
|FY ending Mar. 31, 2017
|Rate of Change
|-Advanced Components and Systems||330,000||281,150||17.4|
|Profit before tax||60,000||54,380||10.3|
|Profit for the year||44,000||40,704||8.1|
|Profit for the year attributable to owners of the parent||42,500||40,186||5.8|
>>>Financial Forecast for the Next Fiscal Year (Sales, Operating Income etc.)
-Functional Materials: the Company aims to increase sales of semiconductor packaging materials and functional plastic materials for growth markets such as next-generation semiconductors and in-vehicle equipment.
-Advanced Components and Systems: the Company aims to increase auto parts sales outside Japan by extending its sales network, enhancing operations, and releasing new products with added value. It will also work on increasing sales of energy storage devices and systems for both automotive and industrial use outside Japan.
Mid-term Business Plan (overview)
|2018 Mid-term Plan|
|Company||Technology: strengthen processing and evaluation technology.
-Compound Average Growth Rate (CAGR) of sales: 7-8% (FY2018-FY2018)
-Operating profit margin: 11%
|Automotive components||Build foundation to become a global supplier.
-Formed products: Advance reliability of evaluation to launch business in Europe.
-Friction materials: Further expand applications to new-generation vehicle models.
-Powder metallurgy alloys: Establish a design center in Thailand; increase sales of high value-added products.
-Turn ISOLITE (based in Germany) into a consolidated subsidiary.
|Energy storage devices and systems||Win the global demand by enhancing production facilities.
-Build an operating framework based on FIAMM Energy Technology for idling stop systems (ISSs), battery technology, and commercial production.
-Enhance product creation based on technological support from Japan.
-Over the next 10 years, the Company aims to become a globally active innovator transcending the boundaries of chemistry, with advanced functional materials as core and extending to devices, systems and services.