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Hitachi debuts Thai center for 'internet of things' services

Company envisions optimizing Southeast Asia's factories

Hitachi looks to sell "internet of things" expertise and products to Southeast Asia's manufacturers through its Thailand-based Lumada Center. (Photo provided by Hitachi)

BANGKOK -- Hitachi opened a center in Thailand on Monday to provide "internet of things" solutions for the country's manufacturers with an eye toward expanding the service to neighboring nations like Vietnam and Indonesia.

The Lumada Center Southeast Asia comes equipped with consultation rooms and a partially replicated production line from Hitachi's elevator factory in Guangzhou. The 350-sq.-meter site east of Bangkok in Chonburi Province's Amata City Industrial Estate represents the Japanese industrial company's first facility worldwide devoted to internet of things services.

Hitachi will use its own experience in Japan and China to show customers how they can optimize production through robotics-based automation. The company will market its Lumada platform for the internet of things.

Many manufacturers call Thailand home, and supply chains for automobiles and electronic devices are concentrated in the country. Hitachi will propose ways to improve production processes across multiple plants. The company also intends to work with the Thai government, which aims to adopt connected technology for public infrastructure projects like trains.

About 50 local engineers will receive instruction at the Lumada Center on topics such as internet of things technology for manufacturing.

Chonburi Province is included in the Thai government's Eastern Economic Corridor initiative to lure businesses and projects in advanced fields such as information technology, part of the country's Thailand 4.0 campaign to reduce reliance on labor-intensive industries.

"We hope to create new value by utilizing data and contribute to the Thailand 4.0 goal," Toshiaki Higashihara, president and CEO of Hitachi, said at the center's opening ceremony.

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