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Hitachi in Singapore

Hitachi Construction Machinery (HCM) is a leader in the area of construction machinery, and has manufacturing facilities in Europe, the United States and Asia.

This new generation hybrid hydraulic excavator series delivers excellent fuel efficiency while keeping the same comparable performance level to the standard model. This helps to conserve the environment by reducing carbon dioxide emissions.
The ZAXIS-3 series are global standard machines that were designed and developed in the Tsuchiura factory in Japan.

Hitachi Construction Machinery Asia and Pacific Pte. Ltd. (HMAP) was established in Singapore in 1984. HMAP is the regional machines and spare parts distribution center for Hitachi construction and mining excavators and other product lines such as John Deere construction and forestry equipments and Bell articulated dump trucks in the Asia Pacific region.

HCM's main product line is hydraulic excavators, with the company manufacturing many models, from medium-sized and mini excavators all the way up to 780-ton ultra-large excavators. HCM also markets wheel loaders, off-road dump trucks and other products made by group companies or in partnership with major manufacturers. Major current activities include distributing equipment and spare parts to the region providing training for territory dealers and end-users, and coordinating the financial and administration portfolios for its operations in the region and beyond.

Active in the evolution of machinery and its synergy between 'humans' and 'business' that combines to create rich living spaces, that are more comfortable, highly developed and efficient, HCM believes this view defines the rationale for their existence as well as their identity in society. Proud of their activities, Hitachi Construction Machinery believes their commitment to protecting the environment, improving social capital, and enriching living spaces will continue as long as human society exists. They envision their industry developing in other directions, going beyond the confines set by the framework of civil and architectural engineering and commit themselves, with pride and pleasure in their work, to serving customers and enhancing customer satisfaction. They achieve this by making their work more congenial and efficient with improved technology and systems - consistently developing and providing the technology, products and services that generate 'new value'.

HCM was established in 1970, when Hitachi, Ltd. spun off its construction machinery division. While still a part of Hitachi Ltd. more than 50 years ago, they were involved in the production of Japan's first mechanical excavator.

Currently, the 58 companies that comprise the HCM Group are using IT as a strategic management resource to provide total solutions for customers' needs. In this way, HCM continues to grow as a strong, global, competitive enterprise.

1940s

  • 1949 - Development of the Hitachi U05, the first cable-operated power shovel made entirely from Japanese technology.

1950s

  • 1955 Dec - Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd. (service company) established.
  • 1957 Jan - Hitachi U106 all-purpose excavator developed.

1960s

  • 1965 Apr - Establishment of (former) Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd. through amalgamation of Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd. (service company) and all construction machinery sales divisions of Hitachi, Ltd.
  • 1965 Jul - Hitachi UH03, the first hydraulic excavator with Japanese technology developed and released.
  • 1969 Dec - Hitachi, Ltd.'s construction machinery manufacturing division split off from the parent company and established, with the Adachi and Tsuchiura Works, as Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd. (manufacturing company)

1970s

  • 1970 Oct - Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd. established through amalgamation of Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd. (manufacturing company) and (former) Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd., with capital of 3.8 billion yen.
  • 1971 Feb - KH150, the world's first fully hydraulic crawler crane released.
  • 1972 Aug - Established Hitachi Construction Machinery (Europe) B.V.
  • 1973 Oct - Capital increased to 3.85 billion yen (par value of shares changed from 500 yen to 50 yen)
  • 1974 Mar - Adachi Plant incorporated into Tsuchiura Works under plant relocation and production consolidation measures.
  • 1976 May - Formed business collaboration with Kubota, Ltd. in hydraulic excavators.
  • 1976 Oct - Developed an earth pressure Balance Shield Machine, which won the Japan Society for The Promotion of Machinery Industry Prize.
  • 1979 Jul - Established Yamagata Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd.

1980s

  • 1981 Dec - Capital increased to 4.7 billion yen by issue of shares at market price; listed in the second section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
    Formed business collaboration with Tadano Ltd. in the area of track cranes and crawler cranes.
  • 1982 Apr - Capital increased to 5.17 billion yen through gratuitous issue of new shares.
  • 1983 Jul - Formed business collaboration with U.S. company Deere & Company for supply of hydraulic excavators.
  • 1984 Jan - Released UT series of ultrasonic instruments; entered business areas other than construction machinery.
  • 1984 Dec - Established Hitachi Construction Machinery (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
  • 1985 May - Capital increased to 5.687 billion yen through gratuitous issue of new shares.
  • 1985 Oct - Capital participation in a construction machinery sales company in France (Fiat-Hitachi Excavators France S.A.)
    Established Oriental Hitachi Construction Machinery Sdn. Bhd. in Malaysia Established Hitachi Construction Machinery (America) Corp.
  • 1986 Oct - Released four models of the new-generation excavator EX series.
  • 1986 Nov - Established joint venture Fiat-Hitachi Excavators S.p.A. in Italy for local production of hydraulic excavators.
  • 1987 Jan - Released the EX3500, then the world's largest class of super-size hydraulic excavators.
  • 1987 May - Released six models in the second "Landy" EX series.
  • 1988 Mar - First issue of unsecured convertible debentures.
  • 1988 May - Capital increased to 6.8509 billion yen through gratuitous issue of new shares.
    Established joint venture Deere-Hitachi Construction Machinery Corp. in the United States for local production of hydraulic excavators.
  • 1988 Jul - Moved into the wheel loader field; released six models in the "Landy" LX series.
  • 1989 Mar - Capital increased to 13.41044 billion yen by issue of shares at market price; listed in the second section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
  • 1989 May - Completed Dejima Plant near Tsuchiura Works as base for mass production of Reduction Gear and other products.
  • 1989 Sep - Listed in the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
  • 1989 Dec - Second issue of unsecured convertible debentures.

1990s

  • 1990 Jan - Listed in the first section of the Osaka Securities Exchange and increased capital investment in Toyosha Co., Ltd.
  • 1990 May - Entered bulldozer and road construction machinery fields.
  • 1990 Oct - Established Siam-Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd. in Thailand Released four models in the "Super Landy" New EX series.
  • 1991 Feb - Released five mini-excavator models.
  • 1991 May - Established PT. Hitachi Construction Machinery Indonesia.
  • 1993 Feb - Entered technical collaboration with Korea's Samsung Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. in the area of crawler cranes.
  • 1994 Jan - Established Euclid-Hitachi Heavy Equipment Inc. in the United States Released five models in the EX3 series of hydraulic excavators.
  • 1995 Apr - Established Hefei Hitachi Excavators Co., Ltd. in the city of Hefei, China Moved into the area of off-road dump trucks.
  • 1996 Jan - Released three models in the EX5 series of hydraulic excavators.
  • 1996 Feb - Released two models in the Mu series of ultra-small, pivoting mini-excavators.
  • 1996 Aug - Issued 20 billion yen worth of domestic straight bonds.
  • 1997 Apr - Won the Ichimura Prize for the EX3500.
  • 1997 Jul - Issued 20 billion yen worth of domestic straight bonds.
  • 1997 Nov - Developed the EX5500, a super-size hydraulic excavator in the 515-ton class, the largest class in the world Received ISO 14001 certification for environmental management system.
  • 1998 Jun - Launched the "Jump Up 30 for 21" Interim Management Plan.
  • 1998 Aug - Upgraded South African sales agency to fully-owned subsidiary.
  • 1998 Oct - Purchased control of U.S. company Euclid-Hitachi Heavy Equipment, Inc. from Volvo Construction Equipment N.V.
  • 1999 Jul - HCM's FA Division, engaged in the manufacture and sales of such products as ultrasonic imaging devices, established independently as Hitachi Kenki FineTech Co., Ltd.
  • 1999 Sep - Business tie-up with TCM Corporation in the area of wheel loaders.

2000s

  • 2000 May - Head Office relocated from 2-6-2 Otemachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo to present location.
  • 2000 Jun - Released the ZAXIS series of "e-excavators".
  • 2001 Feb - ZAXIS series won grand prix at the 2000 Nikkei Superior Products and Services Awards.
  • 2001 Apr - Released seven models of the wheel loader series (joint models with TCM Corporation and Furukawa Co., Ltd.)
    Business tie-up with Sumitomo Heavy Industries, Ltd. and TADANO Ltd. in the area of crane business.
  • 2001 May - Won the Japan Construction Machinery Association's "President's Award" for ZAXIS series.
  • 2002 Apr - Started study on cooperation with Komatsu in the area of construction machinery production and procurement.
  • 2002 Jul - Established Hitachi Sumitomo Heavy Industries Construction Crane Co., Ltd.
    Established Hitachi-Furukawa Loaders Europe S.A.S in France.
  • 2002 Dec - Third issue of unsecured convertible debentures.
  • 2003 Jan - Further expansion into Europe. Production began at Holland Plant.
  • 2003 Nov - Received Miles Company Award from the Society of Japanese Value Engineering.
  • 2004 Mar - Developed EX8000 - one of the world's largest-class hydraulic excavators.
  • 2004 Jun - Capital increased to ¥42,519.85 million by issuance of new shares at market value.
  • 2004 Oct - Changed trading unit from 1000 shares to 100 shares.
    Established Hitachi Construction Machinery Alba Co., Ltd. and Hitachi Construction Machinery France S.A.S.
  • 2005 Mar - Established Hitachi Construction Machinery (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.
  • 2005 Apr - Established Hitachi Construction Machinery (China) Co., Ltd.
  • 2005 Jun - TCM Corporation became a consolidated subsidiary.
  • 2006 Jan - Launched ZAXIS-3 Series large-sized hydraulic excavator and ZW Series wheel loader models.
  • 2006 Apr - Launched ZAXIS-3 Series medium-sized hydraulic excavators.
  • 2006 Oct - Hitachi Construction Machinery Alba Co., Ltd. merged with TCM Corporation.
  • 2007 Aug - Capital increased to ¥81,576.59 million by issuance of new shares at market value.
    Completed construction of Hitachinaka Works.
  • 2008 Apr - Established Hitachi Construction Machinery REC Co., Ltd.
  • 2009 Aug - Completed construction of Hitachinaka-Rinko Works.
  • 2009 Sep - Launched EH3500ACII, one of the largest AC-driven, rigid dump trucks manufactured in Japan.
  • 2009 Oct - Hitachi Kenki FineTech Co., Ltd. merged into Hitachi Construction Machinery.
  • 2009 Jul - Acquired ownership of Wenco International Mining Systems Ltd. based in Canada.
  • 2010 Mar - Established Hitachi Construction Machinery Eurasia Sales LLC.
    Acquired ownership of Telco Construction Equipment Co., Ltd. based in India.
  • 2010 Oct - Established Hitachi Construction Machinery Africa Pty. Ltd.
  • 2011 Mar - Established Hitachi Construction Machinery Middle East Corporation FZE.
  • 2011 Apr - Established Hitachi Construction Machinery Eurasia manufacturing LLC.
  • 2012 Apr - Established Hitachi Construction Machinery Japan Co., Ltd.