Since its initial investment in 1971, Hitachi has so far invested about RM730 million in Malaysia. The Hitachi Group in Malaysia currently operates 22 manufacturing facilities and hires 18,000 local employees. This places Malaysia as one of Hitachi's most important manufacturing bases.
Factors which drew us to Malaysia include the well-developed infrastructure in the country's industrial parks, especially the stable power supplies and telecommunications facilities; attractive incentives, and most importantly, a stable government with a flexible industrial policy.
Furthermore, a majority of Malaysians speak and understand English, making technology transfer into this country much easier.