Hitachi Europe has acquired UK-based The Railway Engineering Company (TRE) from James Fisher & Sons.
TRE supplies training and assessment simulators and automatic routing systems to train traffic operators and the acquisition forms part of the acquirer’s strategy to strengthen European Social Infrastructure business.
Hitachi senior vice president and executive officer, and president and CEO of Infrastructure Systems Group and Infrastructure Systems Company, Yutaka Saito, highlighted the need for advanced social infrastructure systems to help reduce carbon emissions and build a sustainability society.
"Hitachi is therefore committed to expanding its total solutions business, by the integration of IT and social infrastructure systems," said Saito.
Hitachi Rail Europe (HRE) has been active in the continent’s traffic management railway (TMS) sector for the past 30 years in areas such as high-density commuter networks and very high-speed trains.
Hitachi Europe managing director Kiyoshi Yamamoto said: "Together, we seek to leverage the considerable synergies in our product areas, including simulation, control and traffic management."
"Hitachi Rail Europe and The Railway Engineering Company already have been working together and we look forward to combining the efforts permanently to increase productivity, efficiency and innovation within the rail sector," added Yamamoto.
HRE had earlier received a £4.5bn contract for the Intercity Express Programme and had acquired Horizon Nuclear Power, which plans to set up a series of nuclear power plants in UK.
The company is also one of three to receive a contract in early 2012 to provide a TMS prototype for network rail.