ASBIS Begins Shipment of Hitachi GST External Drives

ASBIS Press-release

Limassol (Cyprus), February  16 , 2010 – ASBISC Enterprises PLC, an expert in IT products distribution to the EMEA emerging markets, and Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Hitachi GST) came to an agreement on Hitachi Branded drives distribution.

ASBIS is now authorized to distribute Hitachi GST external storage drives in EMEA region via distribution centers and ASBIS offices located in over 26 countries. By adding Hitachi Branded drives to its storage portfolio, ASBIS completed its Hitachi GST product offering.

One of the first models in the new product line that Asbis will offer is the Hitachi Portable drive – the perfect drive for consumers with a laptop or desktop computer looking for a stylish, simple way to store, backup, synchronize and carry their files. Asbis will offer the Hitachi Portable in  two capacity points, Blue Dusk 320GB and Carbon Fibre 500GB.

The Hitachi Portable features a sleek pocket sized design, velvety smooth texture for a secure grip, all-in-one high speed USB 2.0 cable (included) and simple, automatic backups with Hitachi Local BackupTM .

Hitachi Portable Blue Dusk 320GB and Hitachi Portable Carbon Fibre 500GB are already available for orders from local ASBIS offices.

Hitachi Branded series such as Hitachi Rugged Portable, Hitachi Simpledrive series and G-Technology, the industry’s most comprehensive line of external disk storage solutions designed for professional content creation applications, will be available later this quarter from all ASBIS entities.


ASBISc Enterprises PLC (WSE: ASB) is based in Cyprus and specialises in the distribution of IT products from worldwide leading manufacturers such as Intel, Seagate, Hitachi, Microsoft, Samsung, AMD, Toshiba and DELL. ASBIS has own subsidiaries in 26 countries, more than 1000 employees, 20000 customers, and its revenues reached almost US$ 1.4 billion in 2007. ASBIS also distributes its own brands, Canyon (MP3 players, networking products and other gadgets), and Prestigio (LCD monitors, laptops, external storage, leather USB accessories). For more information, visit the company's websites at

About Hitachi Global Storage Technologies

Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Hitachi GST) develops advanced hard disk drives, enterprise-class solid state drives, and innovative external storage solutions and services used to store, preserve and manage the world’s most valued data. Founded by the pioneers of hard drives, Hitachi GST provides high-value storage for a broad range of market segments, including Enterprise, Desktop, Mobile Computing, Consumer Electronics and Personal Storage. Hitachi GST was established in 2003 with its U.S. headquarters located in San Jose, California. For more information, please visit the company’s website at

About Hitachi, Ltd.

Hitachi, Ltd., (NYSE: HIT / TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 400,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2008 (ended March 31, 2009) consolidated revenues totaled 10,000 billion yen ($102.0 billion). The company offers a wide range of systems, products and services in market sectors including information systems, electronic devices, power and industrial systems, consumer products, materials, logistics and financial services. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at