Hitachi looks to expand infrastructure business in Myanmar

NAYPYIDAW — Hitachi seeks to utilize its proprietary technologies in IT and other areas to help modernize Myanmar’s infrastructure beyond just the aging rail lines, the chairman of the Japanese conglomerate told The Nikkei during a visit to the Myanmar capital. Much of Myanmar’s railways date back to the British colonial era and the country has been slow […]

Tender planned for $2b Yangon-Mandalay railway upgrade

A Tender for private companies to work on a US$2.2 billion upgrade of the railway linking Myanmar’s two largest cities will be called at the end of this year, an official said yesterday. Work on the Yangon-Mandalay railway, led by the Japan International Cooperation Agency, is scheduled to start next year and should be complete […]

Hitachi Hitches with Local Business to Stabilise Myanmar’s Electricity

Hitachi Industrial Equipment Systems Co Ltd (HIES), a subsidiary of Japanese conglomerate Hitachi, will partner with Soe Electric and Machinery Co Ltd (SEM) to produce electrical transformers in Myanmar for distribution in the local and regional markets. The two entities signed an agreement to go into a joint venture by the name of Hitachi Soe […]

Infrastructure drive targets Myanmar / Japan firms promoting quality, technology

Japanese firms are increasingly conducting infrastructure development business in Myanmar, which has become a hot spot for the infrastructure export drive being promoted by the government and private sector. The development stems from Myanmar’s growing need to upgrade infrastructure like its electricity network to meet rapid economic growth since its transition to a democratic government […]

Hitachi president confirms large local commitment

Japanese multinational Hitachi aims to employ more than 1000 local people in the country within five years, according to its president Toshiaki Higashihara. Speaking in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday, Mr Higashihara said the firm is looking to expand in sectors in Myanmar like telecoms, railway systems and electricity. “We will use local people and we […]

Myanmar Railways awards Yangon signalling contract

Myanmar Railways has appointed Mitsubishi and Hitachi to roll out a modern signalling system between the capital Yangon and Pyuntasa. Valued at 2.4 billion yen (€17.9 million), the contract includes the installation of a train monitoring system, an electronic interlocking system and an automatic level crossing protection system. The contract, which is being funded by […]

Mitsubishi, Hitachi to invest $20m in domestic train network

Riding on Myanmar’s antiquated railway network is not an experience for the impatient or infirm. American travel writer Paul Theroux, in The Great Railway Bazaar, quotes a policeman on the Yangon-Mandalay line as it breaks down for the fourth time. “It is a slow train,” he says. “Dirty and old – old coaches, old engines.” […]