Hitachi Rail completes Thales acquisition

Thales acquisitionHitachi Rail has completed Thales acquisition at a EUR 1.66 billion transaction, expanding its global presence to 51 countries with the majority of its revenues now coming from higher-return signalling and systems.

Hitachi Rail is right at the forefront of the global mobility sector following the acquisition. The closing strengthens the company’s strategic focus on helping current and potential Hitachi Rail and GTS customers through the sustainable mobility transition, the shift of people from private to sustainable public transport, driven by digitalisation.

The deal on Thales acquisition advances a cycle of organic growth and acquisitions that sees Hitachi Rail achieve its annual revenue goal of more than ¥1 trillion with the business’ combined revenues growing to EUR 7.3 billion (USD 7.9 billion) FY23 pro-forma. It also supports the company’s profit growth by continuing the shift in its revenue profile, with the majority now coming from its higher-return signalling and systems division post-transaction (around 60%). The business’ signalling will operate over 26,000km of mainline railway and 4,600km of urban metros around the world.

“Hitachi continues its transformation to become a global leader in social innovation business and is undergoing a mode change to achieve growth under the mid-term management plan 2024.The acquisition of the Thales GTS business represents a significant milestone, and we are pleased to have achieved it in the final year of the plan,” Hitachi President and CEO Keiji Kojima said.

Hitachi Rail’s key locations in Japan, Italy, the UK and the US are strategically complemented by GTS’ large centres in Germany, France, Spain and Canada – with both businesses having an established reputation in the wider European market, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific.

The closing sees 9,000 highly skilled colleagues join the business taking Hitachi Rail to 24,000 employees worldwide. It enhances the company’s full portfolio of transport solutions with expertise in rolling stock, urban turnkey railways, mainline digital signalling, freight signalling, and communication and supervision systems.

The transaction almost doubles Hitachi Rail’s engineering capability and increases investment in innovation to provide an enhanced digital product offer, spanning signalling, ticketing, operations and cyber security solutions. The company has established a new Agile Innovation team and will combine the expertise from GTS’ five global Digital Hubs & Competence Centres and the digital strength of Hitachi’s Group companies. The new business is also poised to achieve greater cost competitiveness, including improving the effectiveness of procurement, optimising engineering capabilities and investment in R&D.


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