Hitachi Koki brand to be renamed “HiKOKI” to reflect global direction

By , on November 9, 2017


The major manufacturer of power tools and life-science equipment will also rebrand its full line of power tools known as HITACHI and/or Hitachi Koki under the new HiKOKI (pronounced "hai-koh-key") name, effective October 1, 2018. (Photo from hitachipowertools website)
The major manufacturer of power tools and life-science equipment will also rebrand its full line of power tools known as HITACHI and/or Hitachi Koki under the new HiKOKI (pronounced “hai-koh-key”) name, effective October 1, 2018. (Photo from hitachipowertools website)

TOKYO/Kyodo JBN-AsiaNet/ — Hitachi Koki Co., Ltd. (http://www.hitachi-koki.com/ has announced its change of corporate name to Koki Holdings Co., Ltd., effective June 1, 2018.

The major manufacturer of power tools and life-science equipment will also rebrand its full line of power tools known as HITACHI and/or Hitachi Koki under the new HiKOKI (pronounced “hai-koh-key”) name, effective October 1, 2018.

The name changes are in line with the company’s ambitious international growth strategy, aimed at ensuring sustainable growth while expanding business in its global network of nearly 100 countries.

The 70-year-old advanced technologies business has recently partnered with New York-listed KKR & Co. L.P., one of the world’s preeminent private equity groups.

Through the new partnership, Koki Holdings is streamlining operations and accelerating investment in organic development and acquisitions to enhance its global businesses as a leading global manufacturer.

Simultaneous to the rebranding efforts, the company is establishing a subsidiary as its European headquarters called Koki Holdings Europe GmbH in the suburbs of Dusseldorf, Germany, to reflect the strategic importance of the European market. The subsidiary will commence operations in November 2017, and will serve to carry out the parent company’s activities in Europe, aiming to be closer to its customers to facilitate faster decision-making in managing their needs.

“We have delivered award-winning innovation in manufacturing with solid business performance for over 70 years, and now is the time for us to focus on expansion as a truly global company while remaining rooted to our Japanese tradition,” said Osami Maehara, President, Hitachi Koki. “We have fully committed to accelerate growth alongside a dynamic new partner in KKR as we pursue our goal to become a global leader in power tools and life-science instruments. We have set an aggressive sales target of US$2.7 billion in the fiscal year 2020. We are confident we can take our business to the next level with the support of all our employees and partners worldwide, and the revamping of the brand name is the first step to making this possible. We look forward to continuing to build a brand that exceeds the expectations of discerning customers around the world.”

The HiKOKI brand was created to embody the three core competencies of the company, including its innovative technologies that give rise to products with superior performance, the reliability of its products and services backed by a 70-year company history, and the potential for new business growth represented through the new partnership with KKR. For ease of pronunciation, the new brand name uses a lowercase “i” in its first syllable, and includes the implicit numeral “1” to express the company’s commitment to providing customers with the “No. 1” products on the market, and its aim to achieve “No. 1” global status.

The new corporate name, Koki Holdings Co., Ltd., is designed to maintain continuity with its current name, while also reflecting the multiple brands it encompasses around the world, and accelerate investment in acquisitions to expand its global business.

No changes will be made to the following brands in their respective markets: metabo, SANKYO, Tanaka, CARAT, HIT-MIN, himac.

To view chart of name and logo changes, visit https://hkstrategies.egnyte.com/dl/7NLEe6UEfU (AsiaNet/PR)