About Hitachi

Our History

The Hitachi brand has enjoyed a history that spans over 100 years. In that time we have grown our product line, yet our commitment to reliability and innovation has remained.

  • 1910 Hitachi established in Japan as an electric motor repair shop.
  • 1920 Hitachi Ltd. is incorporated.
  • 1924 Hitachi releases their first DC electric locomotives.
  • 1949 Hitachi manufactures its first power shovel – the U05.
  • 1952 Hitachi first exports Hitachi shovels.
  • 1956 Hitachi manufactures its first diesel electric locomotive.
  • 1965 Hitachi manufactures its first bullet train. Also, the UH03 is developed with Hitachi's own engineering and technology.
  • 1966 Hitachi Tsuchiura Works is constructed in Japan. This becomes Hitachi's "mother" factory and home to R&D.
  • 1970 Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd. is established as a member of the Hitachi Group to exclusively manufacture construction equipment.
  • 1978-79 Hitachi introduces the UH501 and UH801 mining excavators (forerunners of the EX1000 and EX1800).
  • 1980 Total sales of excavators reach 50,000.
  • 1987 Hitachi introduces the EX3500 mining excavator.
  • 1994 Euclid-Hitachi Heavy Industries Ltd. is established.
  • 1996 Hitachi updates mining excavators to Dash-3 series. Also, the EX2500 mining excavator and the R260 DC-drive truck are introduced.
  • 1998 Mechanical drive trucks are updated to "C" series. The EX5500 mining excavator is introduced.
  • 1999 R280, the first AC-drive truck for Euclid-Hitachi, is introduced.
  • 2000 Hitachi purchases 100-percent ownership of Euclid-Hitachi and Hitachi Truck Manufacturing Ltd. is established. The EH Series of trucks is introduced.
  • 2004-2009 EH5000 the AC-drive haul truck, EX8000 mining shovel and the EH3500ACII with Hitachi's own AC-drive system are introduced.

    Mechanical drive trucks updated to Dash-3 series, and the Mining excavators updated to Dash-6 series.

    The Guelph, Ontario, truck plant is updated, and Hitachinaka and Rinko Works open in Japan for increased large-sized excavator and haul truck production capacity.

Hitachi’s partnership with John Deere

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In a move designed to streamline decision-making and improve customer support, Deere & Company and Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd. joined forces in 2002 to integrate their marketing operations in North, Central and South America.

Together we use common parts distribution, information systems and training and support programs, ultimately providing you – our customers – with more value.

What are the details of the relationship?

Hitachi sales, marketing and many product-support activities in the Americas are managed by the Construction & Forestry Division of John Deere.

Hitachi excavators are distributed and sold throughout the U.S. and Canada by a large number of dealership locations. Dealers in Central and South America include: Patricio Palmero S.A., Argentina; P&H MinePro Services, Mexico; ZAMine Service Chile, Chile; Mining ID, Brazil; ZAMine Service Perú S.A.C., Peru, Chaneme Comericial S.A., Colombia, Minequip, Guyana and SEMC Hardware, Suriname.

Deere and Hitachi produce excavators at their Kernersville, North Carolina, factory - a 50/50 joint venture established in 1988. Hitachi-branded construction excavators are also  produced in Japan. The purpose-built Forester models are produced at a Deere-Hitachi jointly owned plant in Langley, British Columbia.

Hitachi also sells rigid frame mining trucks and mining shovels. Trucks from the 40- to 350-ton class are made in Guelph, Ontario. 200- to 240-ton-class trucks are manufactured in Japan. The huge mining shovels and backhoes are all produced in Japan.

What does John Deere bring to the Hitachi product line in North America?

Hitachi has been able to leverage John Deere’s comprehensive parts distribution system to improve parts fill and response to urgent needs.

Hitachi parts now flow through a network consisting of a primary distribution facility, 6 regional distribution centers, and 2 emergency depots. Hitachi dealers and customers also have access to resources through John Deere’s training department to advance technical and operational skills.