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Hitachi to pull out of wind turbine production

Conglomerate will still offer maintenance as it rejiggers energy business

A small Japanese market coupled with stiff overseas competition prompted Hitachi's decision to stop making wind turbines.

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Hitachi Ltd. said Friday it will withdraw from wind turbine production in the face of a small domestic market and fierce competition overseas with rivals such as Siemens AG of Germany.

Hitachi said although the company will continue to provide maintenance services to existing facilities, it will procure turbines from its German partner Enercon GmbH and focus on proposing optimum electric power control solutions.

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