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JR Automation acquired by Hitachi

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Hitachi has announced that it has completed the acquisition of the robotic SI business mainly operated by JR Automation from funds managed by Crestview Partners.

The agreement to acquire JR Automation was announced on 23 April 2019. Both companies said they aim accelerate the partnership and help quickly pair JR Automation’s strengths in robotic system integration with Hitachi’s skillsets in artificial intelligence and IoT solutions for manufacturing.

Bryan Jones, CEO of JR Automation, said: “It’s uplifting to see how closely our two companies are aligned and I’m excited about what the opportunities are going forward.

“As we look to the future, we see the opportunity that exists in bringing the cyber world to the physical world and integrating Hitachi’s digital solutions into the systems that we produce. Our partnership with Hitachi is going to allow us to do considerably more for our customers.”

Masakazu Aoki, executive vice president and executive officer of Hitachi, added: “With JR Automation’s robotic system integration capabilities, combined with Hitachi’s digital solutions and technologies, we can provide customers with new, unparalleled value by connecting the whole process.

“We can now provide our customers with seamless solutions, connecting the entire value chain with data to achieve total optimisation.”

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