Hitachi Construction Machinery Americas Inc.

Construction Equipment’s Top 100 New Products award recognizes the most significant products announced each year. This award emphasizes innovation, highlighting manufacturers who invest in research and development. These investments enhance productivity, efficiency and safety for the end users.

Each year Construction Equipment considers several hundred product introductions. The editors make the selections independently, drawing on their experience with equipment technology and the equipment marketplace.

Hitachi Construction Machinery Americas Inc. (HCMA) launched the 50,265-lb (22,800-kg) ZX210LC-6 HP excavator in the spring of 2022. It offers power, speed and precision to meet the most demanding job-site requirements. A high-power mode increases engine speed and hydraulic-pump output torque when extra speed and/or heavy-duty work is required. The TRIAS II hydraulic system features three pumps that supply an optimal amount of pressurized oil to each actuator. The pumps are controlled electrically for precise oil flow to aid front attachment control and lower fuel consumption.

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Construction Equipment’s Top 100 Award New Products award recognizes the most significant products announced each year. This award emphasizes innovation, highlighting manufacturers who invest in research and development. These investments enhance productivity, efficiency and safety for the end users.

Each year Construction Equipment considers several hundred product introductions. The editors make the selections independently, drawing on their experience with equipment technology and the equipment marketplace.

Hitachi Construction Machinery Americas Inc. (HCMA) announced the arrival of the 10,560-lb (4,790-kg) ZX50U-5N excavator in the spring of 2022. This compact excavator provides big performance with power/economy modes usually reserved for larger excavators. Reduced tail swing and an independent swing boom allow the ZX50U-5N to work in congested areas. A standard quick-coupler-equipped, boom-mounted auxiliary line makes attachment hookup a snap.

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The 2022 Innovative Iron Award recognizes the best compact construction, landscape and rental equipment launched during the year. Throughout 2022, the Compact Equipment magazine staff analyzed and cataloged new machines introduced to the market. The ZX50U-5N was among a select group that stood out and was honored with the 2022 Innovative Iron Award.

Hitachi Construction Machinery Americas Inc. (HCMA) announced the arrival of the 10,560-lb (4,790-kg) ZX50U-5N excavator in the spring of 2022. This compact excavator provides big performance with power/economy modes usually reserved for larger excavators. Reduced tail swing and an independent swing boom allow the ZX50U-5N to work in congested areas. A standard quick-coupler-equipped, boom-mounted auxiliary line makes attachment hookup a snap.

How do you know which excavator is right for you? Choosing the right excavator requires careful consideration. You want the power to get the job done efficiently while achieving the lowest operating cost. The right solution depends on the types of projects you typically handle.

Compact excavators come in a range of sizes and offer different features tailored to their specific tasks. Hitachi Construction Machinery Americas (HCMA) offers a complete line of compact excavators, ranging from the 3,790-lb (1,720-kg) ZX17U-5N to the 18,735-lb (8,498-kg) ZX85USB-5N.

Needs determine size

Unlike standard-size excavators that typically excel in applications where there is a lot of space to maneuver, compact and mini excavators meet the demands of tight job sites, where you may have to work in confined spaces. Near-zero tail swing makes it easier to work around buildings, walls, guard rails and other structures.

Dig depth, reach, lift height, and bucket and lifting capacities all play roles in selecting the best excavator for the task.

Ground conditions can also help determine the most appropriate size. For example, if minimizing turf disturbance is a factor, the smaller mini excavators exert lower ground pressure. This results in less damage to finished surfaces.

Transportability is an important consideration when the machine is frequently moved between job sites. Smaller mini excavators can often be pulled behind pickup trucks and may not require any special licensing requirements, depending on the gross combined weight rating. Hitachi compact excavators include convenient tie-down points to allow safe and easy transport.

Comparing compact excavators

When comparing compact excavators, the Hitachi ZX17U-5N and ZX85USB-5N are at opposite ends of the spectrum. The ZX17U-5N features a variable track width that can be retracted to a mere 3 foot, 3 inches (99.1cm) to access narrow job sites and travel through gates. With a maximum dig reach of 12 foot, 6 inches (3.81m) and a maximum dig depth of 7 foot, 2 inches (2.19m), it excels in backyard renovations and landscaping where space is at a premium.

Taking the next step up, ZX26U-5N offers increased attachment versatility with a one-way/two-way selector valve which accommodates breaker and grapple attachments with extra plumbing installed on the stick. An available auxiliary function lever (AFL) is available with an analog switch, trigger switch and horn for running attachments such as a breaker or an attachment with swing. The 5,560-pound (2,520-kg) ZX26U-5N offers 20 net horsepower (14.9 kW) with a 15-foot, 2-inch (4.63-m) maximum digging reach and an 8-foot, 6-inch (2.59-m) maximum digging depth. It measures only 4 foot, 11 inches wide. This makes it ideal for very confined job sites, such as landscaping.

The ZX85USB-5N is the largest compact excavator in the Hitachi line. It offers 53 net horsepower (39.5 kW) with a 25-foot, 3-inch (7.7m) maximum digging reach and a 14-foot, 10-inch (4.51m) maximum digging depth. Measuring 7-foot, 5-inches (2.26m) wide, this makes the excavator is well suited for larger residential areas where you want performance but need a compact machine.

Performance-enhancing features, durability and ease of maintenance are also important factors. The ZX26U-5N includes an independent swing boom that lets you work almost anywhere, and an integrated dozer blade allows the excavator to backfill or grade. The ZX85USB-5N adds economy and power work modes and a multifunction monitor.

All Hitachi compact excavators come with wide-open engine and access covers for simplified maintenance and the same built-in durability as the larger excavators with features, such as oil-impregnated bushings.

The wide range of Hitachi excavators means you can always find the perfect machine for your job site. Explore the full portfolio.

Mine sites are getting serious about decarbonization, and more are exploring electrification as a possible solution to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Reducing carbon emissions while maintaining productivity is a formidable challenge as mining remains an energy-intensive activity.

For Hitachi Construction Machinery (HCM), the road to zero emissions for today’s mine sites hinges on the efficient use of energy. Electrification and energy management are two key areas of focus that can drastically reduce the carbon footprint of mining machinery. Energy is one of the biggest expenses for mining companies. According to Deloitte, existing mines can reduce their total energy consumption by 15% to 20% through an effective energy management program. New mines can see reductions up to 50% by rethinking the mine with energy management in mind.

Energy management represents a tremendous opportunity for mine sites to increase profitability by reducing energy consumption while cutting emissions and waste. Developing an energy management plan and understanding how energy is consumed on the mine site can help mines achieve sustainability goals. Some of the more progressive mine sites are already moving toward electrification and are exploring renewable power options, such as solar arrays to complement traditional power sources.

HCM has been a leading proponent of electrification. The company has well-established expertise in the electrification of mine-site equipment with ultra-large hydraulic excavators wired for electric power and AC-drive haul trucks. Electrification can increase the energy efficiency of mining machines. Consider the example of a battery-powered haul truck. Energy can be captured and reused during braking, and energy use can be limited when the vehicle is not traveling. This helps offset activities that consume energy but do not contribute to material movement.

The road to electrification

Traditional trolley technology is one of the most obvious methods to drive a reduction in carbon emissions. HCM has been supplying trolley-assist haul trucks for mining that run on electricity from overhead wires since the 1980s. It is currently an option on all the company’s haul trucks.

In addition to reducing emissions, this technology can increase productivity with faster hill-climbing speeds and reduce wear on traditional diesel engines. While on electric power in trolley mode, the diesel-electric haul truck’s engine idles at 1,200 rpm, directing power only to the auxiliaries and the hydraulic pump — even when the machine is being driven uphill under load. In some applications, electrifying high-demand segments of the haulage route eliminates more than 50% of the emissions.

There’s a future opportunity to replace the diesel-powered AC-drive haul trucks in the trolley system with battery electric haul trucks. The existing trolley infrastructure could be used for charging batteries and providing energy to power the trucks. Because today’s battery technology has limited energy-storage capacity, the success of electrified haulage relies on the ability to quickly move electrical energy from the grid to mobile vehicles.

The battery electric haul truck could use battery power to travel between the trolley, the loading site and the dump site. The trolley would then recharge the battery while simultaneously powering the truck. There are also charging stations in the research-and-development phase. “Putting a battery in the truck isn’t the hard part; it’s making it work in a real mine site,” said Product Manager of Mining Trucks John Schellenberg.

But the benefits of the technology cannot be ignored. A battery electric vehicle (BEV) system is capable of more than 70% efficient use of energy when calculating from ”generation to material moved.” This compares to a standard haul truck that might run at 35% efficiency.

Building on a foundation

HCM continues to develop a BEV haul truck solution that will leverage possible energy-efficiency gains. For HCM, the development of the haulage unit is the easiest part of the equation. The company already has a modern electrified platform that utilizes AC electric drive.

The biggest challenges will be energy storage and management. “Battery solutions have been part of Hitachi Limited’s rail portfolio for more than 10 years, so applying this rail/battery technology from our corporate network to transition HCM’s truck lineup is a natural progression,” said Schellenberg. The company also continues to monitor hydrogen as a pathway to electrification for some mining applications.

While the battery electric haul truck is still a prototype, there are existing electrification strategies that are commercially viable. “I believe that electrification is not only possible with today’s technology, but it can also achieve a better commercial rate of return than conventional techniques in a number of applications,” said Schellenberg.

No one-size-fits-all solutions

Every mine site has its unique challenges, with differing haul lengths, elevation changes and loading and dumping setups. These varying conditions can present challenges for onsite electrification. All the variables must be considered along with the availability and reliability of any “green” energy supplies.

Promoting decarbonization is a major global trend, but it is also critical for the future of mining. Diesel engines may be here for the foreseeable future due to their power density, the flexibility they offer and their widespread availability. But emerging technology and electrification provide opportunities to reduce carbon emissions and start down the path toward net-zero emissions.

Many major HCM mining customers are supporters of the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), aiming to decarbonize. HCM will work closely with them to understand their challenges and requirements to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions at their mine sites.

To learn more, contact your local Hitachi Construction Machinery mining expert.

Larger excavators are increasing in popularity as the focus turns to cost per ton. The 186,070- to 192,464-lb (84,400- to 87,300-kg) Hitachi ZX890LC-6 fills this need for a larger excavator to optimize production and offers the advanced technology you need to manage operations.

Over the past decade, the typical size of excavators used in quarries has continued to grow as operators seek to reduce cost and improve productivity. The larger machines often allow the aggregate producer to move more tons per gallon of fuel burned. This is critically important in a time of fuel price volatility.

Larger machines also tend to consume more fuel per hour, which makes machine efficiency a major consideration. A machine that maximizes hydraulic system performance while minimizing losses and inefficiency provides a competitive advantage. The Hitachi ZX890LC-6 uses the HIOS IIIB hydraulic system that employs two pumps and two control valves to reduce fuel consumption without compromising performance. The advanced hydraulic capabilities increase the front-end speed, reducing pressure loss and increasing operating capacity. These advanced hydraulics and increased arm and boom speed make the ZX890LC-6 the ideal excavator to load rock trucks day after day for optimum quarry operation.

Sized for the job

While the excavators in the quarry continue to increase in size, it is still important that they match other equipment in the hauling and crushing system. The size of support equipment such as trucks, crushing and screening plants is also increasing. The size of the primary crusher has a large influence on sizing the excavator. In addition, a balance must be reached between an excavator standing idle waiting for haul trucks or having trucks waiting to be loaded.

The Hitachi ZX890LC-6 standard bucket capacities range from 2.49 to 6.54 yd3 (1.9 to 5 m3). With its 512 horsepower (381.8 kW) T4F Isuzu engine and HIOS IIIB hydraulic system, the ZX890LC-6 meets the demands of loading trucks and moving large amounts of material, 24/7 in the quarry. This kind of performance demands quick cycle times. The ZX890LC-6 has a smooth and powerful loading cycle while remaining fuel efficient with features such as auto idle and auto shutdown when waiting for the next round of haul trucks.

Hitachi prioritizes safety

Safety is a priority on any quarry site. The Hitachi ZX890-6 responds with technology and simplified machine access to protect operators and service personnel. A wide step area, non-slip plates and handrails allow technicians to safely work on the machine and allows safe access for the operator. Left-side visibility and ease of entry for the operator have been improved by moving the door pillar back.

The large, multifunctional color monitor does not obscure operator visibility to the surrounding work area. This monitor enables engine oil and coolant levels to be checked from the operator’s seat. The operator no longer has to invest time walking and opening panels to check these vital fluids.

To enhance visibility around the machine, the rear camera has a broadened visual range that allows the operator to see the area right below the counterweight. It is possible to view both the operating status icons and the rear-view monitor display simultaneously.

Intelligence drives productivity

Quarries are increasingly relying on data to track machine and operator performance. Hitachi provides a robust solution with ConSite® Global e-Service. This service tracks performance metrics like idle time, operating time and fuel efficiency, along with location services in real time, and it alerts owners and operators to upcoming maintenance needs. These “predict and prevent” tools help fleet managers maximize machine efficiency, minimize downtime and improve overall performance.

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The 80,028-pound (36,330-kg) Hitachi ZX350LC-6 HP excavator can tackle the toughest production jobs with a hydraulic system that boosts productivity and options that can tailor the machine to the task. This includes a variety of track widths, arm lengths, bucket sizes and more. Work modes like the new high-performance HP mode join the existing Thumb, Tilting Rotator and Tilting Bucket modes to give you the versatility to tackle a wide range of tasks. The HP mode increases engine speed and hydraulic-pump output torque when a job requires extra speed and/or heavy-duty work.

Gain performance and efficiency

Fuel cost is a major consideration for anyone operating a larger excavator. It can often account for the largest portion of the ownership cost. At the heart of the ZX350LC-6 HP, the new three-pump TRIAS II hydraulic system reduces fuel consumption and increases efficiency. The third pump contributes to several of the main actuators, giving priority to the swing circuit. Fine-tuned control valve spools, multiple pressure sensors and computer-controlled solenoid valves maximize efficiency and multifunctional productivity without sacrificing fuel economy.

There are losses inherent to all hydraulic systems. The TRIAS II hydraulic system was engineered to reduce losses that occur during spool or valve operation.

To maximize your bottom line, you want a machine that offers superior performance and responsiveness while consuming less fuel. Speed and productivity can help shorten timelines and ensure jobs stay on track. The TRIAS II system allows the Hitachi ZX350 LC-6 HP excavator to maintain precise and responsive operator controls.

Enhanced visibility adds confidence

When working on any job site, you need to be aware of your surroundings. Hitachi ZAXIS-6 series excavators provide a superior 360-degree view around the machine.

Visibility is further enhanced with the Aerial Angle peripheral vision display camera system. It provides a wide 270-degree view of the machine’s immediate environment. You can choose from three different image layouts to suit your work environment.

Boost uptime

Simplified daily maintenance and enhanced durability features keep you right where you need to be — up and running. Wide-open engine covers provide easy access, while filters are within reach and take just minutes to maintain.

Undercarriage durability has been enhanced with an integrated idler and adjuster, a new shape for the lower roller and a reinforced idler bracket with a slanted side frame. Bearing size has increased for additional strength.

ConSite® tracks Hitachi excavator performance metrics like idle time, operating time and fuel efficiency along with location services in real time, and it alerts owners and operators to upcoming maintenance needs. These “predict and prevent” tools help fleet managers maximize machine efficiency, minimize downtime and improve overall performance. ConSite® Oil is a new feature that constantly monitors the condition of vital engine oil, providing an added layer of security.

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The Contractors’ Top New Products Awards showcase new equipment, technology and products that the construction industry and the Equipment Today team have identified as the most intriguing and important of the year. Award recipients are based on nominations from manufacturers, owners, end users and Equipment Today leadership as well as page view data on new products featured in Equipment Today and on ForConstructionPros.com/Equipment over a one-year period. The winning products shown represent the most significant introductions or updates for each manufacturer from April 2021 through April 2022.

In Spring of 2022, Hitachi Construction Machinery Americas Inc. (HCMA) debuted the 50,265-lb (22,800-kg) ZX210LC-6 HP excavator, which offers power, speed and precision to meet the most demanding job-site requirements. A high-power HP Mode increases engine speed and hydraulic-pump output torque when extra speed and/or heavy-duty work is required. The TRIAS II hydraulic system features three pumps that supply an optimal amount of pressurized oil to each actuator. The pumps are controlled electrically for precise oil flow for sensitive front attachment control and lower fuel consumption.

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HCMA booth at MINEXCHANGE

Hitachi Construction Machinery Americas Inc. (HCMA) took center stage when it shared its plans and vision for the mining industry and gathered critical feedback from industry experts at the 2022 MINEXCHANGE SME Annual Conference & EXPO held in Salt Lake City, Utah, from February 27 to March 2. “Our goal at the show was to introduce mining decision makers and our dealers to the new era of HCMA,” explains Babliton Cardoso, senior director, Mining Equipment Sales. “Our focus moving forward is to be an active partner in their operations. We are raising their level of expectations from an equipment solutions and technology partner in the mining industry to become an extension of their business by expanding our team and capabilities to meet those needs.”

HCMA is developing a team to specifically support the mining industry, building relationships with dealers who support the mining industry, and expanding parts services to include a 400,000 square-foot parts distribution center located south of Atlanta, Georgia. More than 70 new team members have been added throughout North America and Latin America, and the company is in the process of hiring additional staff. “We are positioning ourselves to properly support our dealers and customers,” Cardoso says.

HCMA currently has 15 experienced dealers who have been retained to support mining operations; seven are in North America and eight in Latin America. The company will continue to add to this dealer network in the coming months.

Findings from the MINEXCHANGE SME Annual Conference & EXPO allow HCMA to look toward the future of mining and develop proactive solutions. Customer input inspires the HCMA team to innovate concepts and technology that help the mining industry achieve sustainability goals.

Preparing for the future of mining today

The future of mining is bright as the market continues to expand to meet the increased demand for minerals as the pandemic subsides and the drive toward low-emission transportation solutions gains momentum. At the same time, exploring sustainable alternatives to reduce the environmental impact of mining operations is the hot topic in the industry. Mine owners and their investors demand innovative solutions to reduce their carbon footprints and meet environmental, social and governance (ESG) plans without sacrificing performance.

Mine sites are getting serious about decarbonization, and more are exploring electrification as a possible solution to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Delivering what customers need

Listening to customers allows HCMA to become a stronger partner to mine sites across North and Latin America. The MINEXCHANGE SME Annual Conference & EXPO brings these customers to a central location. “The show gave us the opportunity to learn about the challenges and goals mining operations face and how we can help support those initiatives,” emphasizes Cardoso. “A big topic on everyone’s mind is complying with ESG plans. Attendees wanted to know what equipment solutions are under development to help them meet their goals. They want to understand how future mining equipment will help them reduce their carbon footprints without sacrificing performance.”

MINEXCHANGE SME Annual Conference & EXPO banners

HCMA shared information on future products that can help mine owners do just that. John Schellenberg, HCMA product manager, Mining Trucks, walked several attendees through new haul truck technology HCMA is developing, while taking diligent notes about mining executives’ concerns that need to be addressed during the engineering process.

HCMA announced it is working on battery-powered haul truck technology that will help reduce equipment exhaust emissions while still delivering similar productivity. Schellenberg is passionate about pursuing more carbon-neutral haul trucks, and there have been many questions in the industry surrounding the development of a battery trolley truck. “We are looking to have a working prototype on the ground as soon as possible,” he explains. “But we need to ensure that it is practical. Putting a battery in the truck isn’t the hard part; it’s making it work in a real mine site.”

In addition, digitization and automation of mine sites will continue to be an ongoing priority, according to conference attendees. An example of innovation as it relates to automation is the development of autonomous haulage systems. HCMA is currently developing its own solution. “The autonomous haulage solution (AHS) is being designed with customer needs in mind, allowing trucks purchased today to be retrofitted at a later date,” Schellenberg says. “The AHS has been designed to paddock, over-edge or crusher dump, providing flexibility for the customer. A lidar system has been designed to stop the truck with centimeter accuracy to protect the truck and limit potential tire damage.”

Looking toward the future

Findings from the MINEXCHANGE SME Annual Conference & EXPO allow HCMA to look toward the future of mining and develop proactive solutions. Customer input inspires the HCMA team to innovate concepts and technology that help the mining industry achieve sustainability goals.

The conference allowed HCMA to validate technologies under development, such as advanced hydraulic systems, IoT technologies, electrification and automation. It also laid the groundwork for exploring new product offerings. In the near future, we may see autonomous Hitachi mining excavators and haul trucks that can communicate with each other and realize improved safety and productivity through autonomous operation.

Each year, the MINEXCHANGE SME Annual Conference & EXPO provides a forum for the exchange of ideas that address the top concerns facing the mining industry. It brings together all disciplines of mining engineering and attracts mining professionals from around the world. Over 5,000 attendees made the trek to Salt Lake City, Utah, to learn about the latest developments in the mining industry, including industry innovation, responsible mining, workforce development and safety.

A wealth of information was shared through 430 presentations or papers, and over 88 technical sessions. In addition, 480 exhibiting companies shared their solutions with attendees.

Building on a legacy

Ongoing participation in The MINEXCHANGE SME Annual Conference & EXPO helps HCMA further expand its legacy of technical innovation and dependable performance in the mining industry. Hitachi has established a rich history in the mining segment with a proven track record of innovation and reliability. The brand has established impressive market penetration with over one-third of all hydraulic mining excavators working globally being Hitachi. There are currently 17 mining excavator models in the lineup that range from the EX1200-7 to the EX8000-7E.

Hitachi highly engineered haul trucks have also earned a reputation for efficiency and durability. There are three models that range from the 200-ton (181-tonne) EH3500AC-3 AC-Drive rigid haul truck to the 326-ton (296-tonne) EH5000AC-3 AC-Drive rigid haul truck.

Hitachi is also a leading provider of mining solutions that allow real-time fleet visibility, establish control over mine operations and offer services that help boost operational performance.

HCMA team membersPictured: HCMA sent three industry leaders to participate in the 2022 MINEXCHANGE SME Annual Conference & EXPO and gather critical feedback from mining dealer personnel as well as mining executives who will help position HCMA as an active partner with their customer bases. From left to right: HCMA Senior Director of Mining Equipment Sales Babliton Cardoso, HCMA Director of Mining Sales Hidefumi Asanishi and HCMA Product Manager of Mining Trucks John Schellenberg.

 

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HCMA’s mining team looks to exceptional personnel to provide service, support

With long-planned changes underway throughout the company, the mining team at Hitachi Construction Machinery Americas Inc. (HCMA) has not just focused on equipment, but also on their personnel. According to Babliton Cardoso, senior director, Mining Equipment Sales,  bringing on key people to support HCMA’s mining business in both North and Latin America is a center of emphasis. 

“We are about to welcome two new sales managers in North America and an additional sales manager in Latin America, who will be dedicated to the Brazilian market,” Cardoso says. “In addition, We are looking for exceptional individuals to join our Customer Care team. Hitachi is committed to attracting the best professionals to make sure our customers and dealers have the best support in the industry.” 

The timing of MINEXCHANGE 2022 was perfect for HCMA — delivering a great opportunity to show mining customers not only the company’s plans for the future, but also new technologies and equipment available now and in the next few years.

Cardoso says his team plans to spend the short term strengthening their already robust relationships with the dealers in their network, evaluating opportunities and challenges that lie ahead, and establishing business plans. 

“While our new operational structure is just getting started in North America and Latin America, we are excited to bring the full breadth of resources seen from Hitachi in many other parts of the world,” Cardoso says. “Our objective is to grow our business across the Americas while delivering the same quality and performance that we always have. Our success is directly dependent on two factors: successful partnership with our dealers and customer success. We are ready for the challenge.”

Hitachi machines with a "thank you" banner

Bright blue skies, proud banners unfurled, commemorative artwork and confident handshakes among distinguished leaders from both sides of the Pacific served as the perfect backdrop for one of the biggest days in Hitachi Construction Machinery Americas Inc. (HCMA) history. The March 1 commemorative event at HCMA headquarters in Newnan, Georgia, was the culmination of years of planning and hard work. Hitachi-built excavators and mining equipment now complement the brand’s decades-proven selection of wheel loaders in the Americas.

Themed “Empowering the Future,” the event paid homage to Hitachi’s impressive history, while looking forward to a growth plan that empowers HCMA to aggressively expand its business across the Western Hemisphere. Following a path that has already seen HCMA’s market share more than double over the past five years, the company projects additional growth of close to 700% by the end of 2025.

Illustrating the important milestone, HCMA CEO Al Quinn was joined by Yasushi Ochiai, executive vice president and executive officer, and Sonny Ishii, senior vice president and executive officer from Hitachi Construction Machinery (HCM), HCMA’s parent company. Other distinguished guests from HCMA sister companies attended, including Andrew Pyne, president and CEO of WENCO; RK Padiyath, CEO of Hitachi Construction Truck Manufacturing Ltd.; and representatives from H-E Parts International, including David Higgs, CFO; Takehisa Wakikawa, vice president of performance management and Hitachi finance and synergy liaison; and Michael Coffey, director.

“Hitachi has been the leading manufacturer of excavators for a long, long time. We have set a standard of excellence throughout the world that we are now bringing to the Americas.”

Al Quinn, CEO, Hitachi Construction Machinery Americas Inc.

Significant change means big opportunities

“North and Latin America represent the largest construction markets in the world,” said Quinn. “They are also the most competitive markets in the world, and if we really want to be the best in construction and mining equipment, we have to be number one in North and Latin America. That’s our goal.”

CEO Al Quinn addresses HCMA employees and distinguished guests and presents his vision for significant growth in the Americas.

Hitachi excavators and mining trucks have been sold through John Deere dealers for the past 30 years under a distribution agreement between HCM and Deere that was dissolved as of March 1. The separation created a unique opportunity for HCMA to sell and service those lines of equipment, along with the well-established Hitachi lineup of wheel loaders, through its own network of dealer partners. The change has positioned HCMA as an important player in the construction and mining equipment industries in the Americas and has opened significant opportunities for current HCMA dealers to expand their equipment offerings. It also allows newly established HCMA dealers to grow with one of the most proven and respected construction and mining equipment lineups in the world.

“In the 70 years that HCM has been developing, producing, selling and servicing construction and mining machinery, this expansion of our business in North America and Latin America is the biggest change,” said Ochiai, looking back at HCM’s history since its founding as a group by Hitachi in 1970. The first shovel had been manufactured using Japanese technology in 1949. “It has been the dream for many years for HCM to explore its own business in North America and Latin America, not only with wheel loaders, but also with other products, services and solutions. Expansion of business in the Americas will give further momentum, not only to development and production, but also to the promotion of sales, services and value chains. The Hitachi Construction Machinery Group will become a true global player.”

The first Hitachi-built hydraulic excavator was shipped from HCM Tsuchiura Works on November 10, 2021, and was on display at the commemorative event, along with a banner that offered thanks to HCM counterparts in Japan. HCMA’s product lineup now includes 26 excavator models engineered for compact, construction and mining industries; three haul truck models built for the mining industry; and 16 wheel loader models designed for compact and construction.

“I believe that mining and construction dealers in North and Latin America will want to consider partnering with Hitachi because of our established performance in markets around the world both in construction and mining,” said Quinn. “Hitachi has been the leading manufacturer of excavators for a long, long time. We have set a standard of excellence throughout the world that we are now bringing to the Americas.

HCMA, as a company, is fully invested in doing everything we need to do to be successful in North and Latin America, and our customers and dealers will feel that from us, and they will feel that from our parent company in Japan. We will do whatever it takes to be the best supplier you could deal with.”

A commitment that goes beyond equipment

That commitment doesn’t just stop with providing a great lineup of products. It also includes autonomy in decision-making that will allow leaders at HCMA to respond more quickly to the changing needs of dealers and customers in North and Latin American markets.

“The regional office structure that’s been established is really a unique approach that Hitachi has employed around the world,” said Simon Wilson, vice president of sales at HCMA. “By making a regional center and a regional management center, we have the ability to make decisions that are in the best interest of local customers.”

In preparation for the transition, HCMA has added more than 70 new team members throughout North America and Latin America, including product specialists from HCM.

Another significant part of HCMA’s growth plan includes building a world-class 336,017-square-foot parts distribution center in Jackson, Georgia. It’s only 30 miles southeast of the Atlanta airport, the busiest airport in in the Western Hemisphere. This proximity will allow HCMA to deliver parts across North and Latin America efficiently.

“The parts distribution center is a significant investment,” said Quinn. “Parts support is the lifeblood of what keeps equipment running, and customers really need access to great parts support to be able to minimize downtime and make money with their equipment. We’ve partnered with Hitachi Vantara, an advanced logistics company headquartered in Silicon Valley, to operate our parts facilities in Jackson, Georgia. Hitachi Vantara is the same company that looks after our centralized parts warehouse in Japan. This gives us unique synergies that allow us to streamline the parts distribution chain. We can offer innovative ways of delivering parts to customers directly from Japan or from Atlanta, whichever is quicker. We think our dealers and customers will consider this a significant advantage.”

Closing remarks from Quinn at the event set the stage for continued growth — recognizing the vision that helped make the historic day a reality.

“Today is March 1, 2022. This is a really amazing day. We have top management from Japan together with all our employees here in Newnan, Georgia. We reflected on the past, our history and all the changes we’ve been implementing over the last five years to get ready for this day. We had Mr. Ochiai from Japan, one of the primary architects of making this change happen, visiting with us today and sharing his experiences of how this plan all unfolded and came to be. You cannot believe how excited our employees are, being a part of taking Hitachi to the next step in the Americas. We’re going to do a great job for all our dealers and customers. We are truly excited. This is a special day. This is a historic day.”

For the event, HCMA commissioned artist Gary Wing to create a commemorative painting. Titled “Empowering the Americas” (pictured right), the painting signifies the addition of excavators and mining equipment to HCMA’s existing wheel loader lineup. The original painting is on display at HCMA headquarters in Newnan, Georgia. Limited edition, signed prints were provided as gifts to VIP guests at the event and sent to select HCMA dealer locations. Wing previously painted a piece titled “Coming to America” to celebrate the grand opening of HCMA’s headquarters in 2018 (pictured left). HCMA employees signed the original painting in honor of Masaaki Hirose, former HCMA chairman, prior to his return to Japan.

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