Hirata Corp. engages in the manufacture and sale of manufacturing line systems, industrial robots, and logistics equipment. It operates through the following divisions: Automotive Related Production Equipment, Semiconductor Related Equipment, and Home Appliance and Other Production Equipment. The Automotive Related Production division manufactures engines, transmission systems, and automotive components such as computerized control systems, sensors, air compressors, and brakes. The Semiconductor Related Equipment division deals with the manufacture and sale of silicon wafer transfer equipment. The Home Appliance and Other Production Equipment division sells household electric appliances such as vacuum cleaners, refrigerators, distribution related equipment such as stockers, and transportation equipment. The company was founded on December 29, 1951 and is headquartered in Kumamoto, Japan.