Hitachi Chemical’s Powder Metallurgy output hit by automobile production disruption
August 28, 2011
Hitachi Chemical’s recently published financial results for the 1st quarter of its fiscal year (April 1 – June 30, 2011), show net sales decreasing by 5.9% to Yen 118,145 million ($1.54 billion) and net income decreasing by 31.9% to Yen 5,437 million ($70.9 million) compared with the same period of its previous fiscal year.
The drop in sales was due to production cuts by automobile manufacturers after Japan’s earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011. Hitachi Chemical has two main operating segments: ‘Functional Materials’ covering electronics, inorganic materials, polymers, and printed wiring boards, and ‘Advanced Components & Systems’ (AM&C) which includes the PM parts division supplying mainly automotive products and electronic components.
Sales in the AM&C segment reached Yen 52,435 million ($683.7 million), a decrease of 12.2% compared with the same period in the previous fiscal year.
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