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Epiroc has signed a non-exclusive distributor agreement with Toranomon Corporation, a Japanese sales and rental company.

The partnership intends to strengthen Epiroc’s presence in Japan’s booming underground civil construction segment.

For more than a decade, Toranomon has worked solely with Epiroc equipment, primarily focusing on sales and rental of the technologically advanced and appreciated Boomer face drilling rigs.

The new partnership between the two companies also acts as an extension to the business relationship Epiroc and Toranomon have shared over the last several years.

“Toranomon’s extensive market expertise, strong position, as well as their high contractor engagement within the tunnelling segment, makes this a strategically important partnership for Epiroc,” Epiroc underground division vice president sales and marketing Sarah Hoffman said.

The non-exclusive distributor agreement was signed at the end of 2023 and will provide strengthened after-market support for Epiroc customers in Japan with the help of Toranomon’s large service organisation.

“We are delighted to start this closer relationship,” Toranomon Construction Machinery chief executive officer Koki Sakurai said.

“Japan’s civil tunnelling is deeply safety driven, while project demands are growing at high speed. The population of Japanese tunnel workers are decreasing, and our local customers appreciate Epiroc’s advanced rigs that provide fast and accurate drilling.”

Epiroc underground division global business development manager civil construction Ulf Sundberg echoed similar sentiments.

“With this agreement in place, we are proud to offer solutions and services that will improve safety, innovation, and sustainability within the underground civil construction segment,” Sundberg said.

“We see great potential in utilising automation and monitoring technologies to a greater extent in the Japanese tunnelling segment, where challenging rock conditions are frequently met.”

Epiroc recently announced that its SmartROC C50 surface drill rig is now available with a standard feed and a long feed.