The world’s most prestigious engineering prize, the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering (QEPrize), has announced Hitachi, Ltd. as their latest corporate donor.

Hitachi, Ltd. joins BAE Systems, BP, GlaxoSmithKline, Jaguar Land Rover, National Grid, Nissan Motor Corporation, Shell UK Ltd., Siemens UK, Sony, Tata Consultancy Services, Tata Steel Europe and Toshiba in supporting the prize.

Lord Browne of Madingley, Chairman of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering Foundation, said:

"I am delighted to welcome Hitachi, Ltd. to the list of international companies whose generous support enables the work of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering. Hitachi has a proud history of excellence and innovation in engineering, not only in Japan but throughout the world. They share our belief that in showcasing the heights that the engineering profession reaches and the diversity of the world’s leading engineers we can encourage a new generation to meet the challenges of the next decades.

"Alongside our other donor companies, Hitachi’s support is a very public commitment to the work of the QEPrize and to the future of engineering, and I thank them greatly."

Hitachi’s investment in the QEPrize demonstrates their commitment to global growth and development in markets outside of Japan, while promoting the prestigious engineering prize at an international scale.

President and CEO of Hitachi Ltd Toshiaki Higashihara, said of the announcement:

“Hitachi, Ltd. is proud to be the latest corporate supporter of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, the most prestigious prize for engineering in the world. Hitachi’s commitment to this Prize matches our commitment as a business, to be a world leader in the development of engineering and technology which improves people’s lives around the world. At Hitachi we call this Social Innovation – and the Queen Elizabeth Prize is the perfect platform to help us encourage and find tomorrow’s talent who will develop such innovations that have a global societal impact.”

The announcement also follows that of the first Japanese winner of the QEPrize, Professor Nobukazu Teranishi, honoured for his contribution to digital image sensors. As world leaders in engineering and technology, Hitachi, Ltd. hope their involvement with the QEPrize will encourage young people around the world to follow in QEPrize winner’s footsteps and become the prize winners of tomorrow.

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