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Hitachi rumours denied

Hitachi Europe is considering whether to move the head office of its air conditioning business from Maidenhead to France.

 

Rumours have been circulating that the decision has already been made but earlier this week a company spokesperson denied this was the case. “The company is reviewing a number of proposals to strengthen its air conditioning business,” he said.

 

“However, a decision has not yet been made regarding the relocation of the head office of this operation from Maidenhead in the United Kingdom to a location in France.”

 

Hitachi Europe has an area office in Velizy near Paris and companies with close links to Hitachi say they have already been told the top management is moving to the French capital, although the existing 30-strong UK sales team will remain in Maidenhead.

 

A further statement by Hitachi is expected later this week, but the company refused to comment any further on the situation on Tuesday.

 

The company, however, confirmed that Simon Row, the long-standing general manager of Hitachi Europe’s Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Group, left the company on March 31. He has been replaced by Daisuke Konoike.

 

The spokesman declined to add any further details on Mr Row leaving the company, but added: “We wish him all the best in his future endeavours.”

 

The review of Hitachi's operations appears to be part of a wider drive to raise its profile and improve its corporate image across Europe.

 

In February it held a major event titled Hitachi Inspire Life at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre to showcase its technology portfolio and it will hold another high profile event in Paris at the Espace Grande Arche at the end of May.”