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New HCM factory for Hitachinaka Port

Thursday, July 26th, 2007

Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd. (HCM) has announced that it will begin work on the construction of a new factory in Japan for large construction machinery. The production plant will cover a total area of 183,000m² within the Hitachinaka Port area on the east coast.
The increasing global demand for Hitachi construction equipment has led to the manufacturer considering the restructure of its production bases – including the addition of new plants. The overall aims of this strategy are to increase the output of mid-range and large hydraulic excavators, reduce transport and logistics costs (and associated emissions) streamline production and improve painting processes.
The new Hitachinaka Port factory will specialise in the production of mining excavators and dump trucks. This will enable HCM’s main Tsuchiura Works to concentrate on manufacturing mid-range and large Zaxis excavators.
The scale of production is being targeted at 80 mining dump trucks and 125 EX1200 and 165 EX1900-8000 hydraulic excavators per annum for the 250-strong workforce. The manufacturing processes at Hitachinaka Port will include the engineering, assembly and paintwork for these mining excavators and dump trucks.
The site is currently under reclamation for the construction of the new 35,500m² production plant. The ¥14billion project is expected to start in August 2007 for the opening of the new factory in April 2008.
Hitachinaka Port is rapidly becoming an international transportation hub since it opened in 2000 with a state-of-the-art marine container terminal. It has also developed a new distribution network with the Kita-Kanto Expressway system, which is bridging the east of Japan and making a huge contribution to the development of logistics around Tokyo.

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