A Message from the President
Establishing Our Presence in an Enriched and Safe Vehicle Society
With market conditions set to undergo significant change in the future, we at Clarion are transforming our business portfolio as an “In-Vehicle Information Solutions Provider,” contributing to an enriched and safe vehicle society. The business environment in the automobile industry is undergoing dramatic change, including market entrants from IT and other sectors, as well as increase in customer requirement for driving support systems such as automatic driving and parking. Within this business environment, Clarion is focused on strengthening the Intelligent Safety business, aimed at safety and security, and the Connectivity business, which enables customers to "connect," as our key growth areas. By combining our core technologies with these businesses, we will continue to lead the world in providing systems solutions.
Fully understanding the characteristics of each market, we at Clarion will enhance our presence in the global markets as a trusted and valued partner, further enhancing our marketing and technological capabilities in order to perfect the interface between people, sound and information – which lies at the heart of Clarion’s global product development initiatives – and strive to deliver the very best that we can offer to our customers.
With united efforts and the spirit of 'We are Clarion', and as a member of the Hitachi Group, we will continue to fulfill our corporate social responsibilities and ultimately grow to become a global corporate presence and an enterprise indispensable to society.
From In-Vehicle Device Manufacturer to In-Vehicle Information Solution Provider
Clarion finds itself in a market environment undergoing drastic change. We will tackle the challenges presented by these rapidly changing market conditions while quickly adapting and evolving our business model. Clarion is evolving from an in-vehicle device manufacturer, to a company dedicated to connected in-vehicle navigation and multimedia systems with a growing focus on "Cloud-Based Information Network Services for Vehicles" (software and services), and Intelligent Safety systems with an increased awareness of security, safety and comfort.
Delivering value-added products and services that truly “connect” and enable our customers to access the various kinds of information and services they need in their daily lives, at anytime and in an optimized easy-to-use format provides solutions to enrich their lives safely and reliably.
Managing the information required by vehicles, people, and the environment in a cohesive manner, providing each of our customers with maximum value through safety and comfort. These are the things that Clarion will provide by simultaneously developing a comprehensive information management solution and optimized user interface, and linking the two together to provide uniquely appealing customer value. Furthermore, Clarion will continue to pursue the limitless potential of future innovation, including contributing to social infrastructure through energy management aiming to lessen the burden on the environment.
Activities of a Truly Global Corporation
Clarion divides its global operations into five regions, namely Japan, the Americas (North/Central/South America), Europe, China, and Asia/Oceania. Each region has its own overall administrative function, under which are the functions of marketing, development, production, and sales. We will continue to provide each and every region with the optimum products and services, by organically combining the respective geographical, customer and product functions.
Contributing to the Creation of a Sustainable Society
Global warming is one of the most critical environmental issues facing our planet, and its effects appear in ways that cross national boundaries, at an increasingly alarming pace. As the earth experiences abrupt environmental changes, and as we attempt to realize a sustainable, recycling-based society, the importance of environmental measures as a matter of corporate responsibility also grows.
At Clarion, these environmental issues are a key issue for management, and we are implementing the Clarion Environmental Management Plan on a global scale, while also promoting environmental management activities overseas. In keeping with our aspirations to be a “company that is truly liked and valued by society”, global environmental considerations and activities such as these will be mission-critical to our enterprise.
To Our Stakeholders
To our customers, As society changes and technology continues to evolve, we will rapidly identify our customers' needs in order to provide unique products and services that incorporate the latest innovations. We are committed to our relentless pursuit of creating products and services that deliver true customer satisfaction and enrich their lives daily.
To our shareholders, Clarion aims to transform itself into an even stronger company. We will practice continuous improvement and set ambitious goals in order to further develop our capabilities.
To our suppliers and business partners, The entire Clarion Group is focused on “Cloud-Based Information Network Service for Vehicles” as a new keystone for our business, complementing in-vehicle information devices. As changes in the market environment, globalization, and technological advances all contribute to the accelerated pace of change in the world we live in, we are acting as swiftly as possible to meet new challenges through an optimized corporate structure. Clarion will continue to think creatively at all times and act quickly.
To our employees, Clarion will only thrive if each and every one of you shares the values of the Company and gives your very best. To make this possible, we will strive to create an environment in which you can feel, “I’m so proud to be a part of Clarion!”
Generating Synergies by Harnessing the Comprehensive Strengths of the Hitachi Group
As a member of the Hitachi group, Clarion generates synergies in a variety of situations.
We cooperate closely with Hitachi’s Information & Telecommunication Systems Company, drawing on their abundant experience and technological know-how in IT platforms to provide the cloud-based vehicle information network service “Smart Access”.
We are also working closely with Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd., which boasts a large market share in drive control systems, as we seek to create new value by combining vehicle information and Clarion’s in-vehicle devices to provide our customers with an even safer and more secure driving experience.
Hitachi, Ltd. has highly advanced R&D facilities. By incorporating the results of Hitachi’s advanced research into Clarion’s products, including the image-recognition technology used in Intelligent Safety (camera compatible) products, we at Clarion have a clear advantage in terms of introducing world-class products in the fiercely competitive marketplace.