Establishment of a Joint Venture Company to Develop Electric Construction Machinery for European Market

Tokyo, Japan, October 1, 2018 — Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd. (TSE: 6305; “Hitachi Construction Machinery”) today announced it has formed an agreement with KTEG Kiesel Technologie Entwicklung GmbH (President: Toni Kiesel; “KTEG”),

Toni Kiesel, President of KTEG (left) and Hideshi Fukumoto (right), Vice President and Executive Officer of Hitachi Construction Machinery sign for establishment.

the group company of European Hitachi Construction Machinery’s distributor Kiesel GmbH (President: Toni Kiesel), to establish a new company
for developing electric construction machinery and the special application products for further expansion of the European market.

Background on the new company’s establishment

Hitachi Construction Machinery has long developed electric construction machinery to help reduce environmental burden and life cycle costs. Hitachi Construction Machinery has developed wired electric excavators with small to medium sized equipment used in plants as a base, supplying over 100 in mostly the Japanese market to date. In addition, Hitachi Construction Machinery has supplied wired electric ultra-large hydraulic excavators to many mines. And Hitachi Construction Machinery has been involved in the development of battery-powered electric excavators from an early stage, starting with the ZX70B in 2006.

Meanwhile, the European market has some of the strictest regulations in the world regarding global warming prevention and low carbon society realization, making electricity needs particularly strong in this region for both automobiles and construction machinery. KTEG has a wealth of know-how for regulating and commercializing electric construction machinery in the European market.

To respond to the various needs of customers in the European market, it is typical for distributors and remodeling companies to develop and sell special application products for specifications that cannot be handled by standard models. KTEG has developed large demolition specification equipment and other special application products based on the hydraulic excavators of Hitachi Construction Machinery.

With the establishment of this new company, the electric technology of Hitachi Construction Machinery and technical know-how of KTEG will be brought together to utilize the components of current equipment, and creating electric construction machinery that respond to the needs of customers will be made possible.

The Hitachi Construction Machinery Group will continue to cooperate with various business partners through open innovation, constantly considering solutions for customer issues, including improving safety and productivity, and reducing life cycle costs, as well as reducing environmental burden as they develop products with high added value.

Outline of the new company

  • Company name : EAC European Application Center GmbH
  • Head office location : Stockstadt am Rhein, Hessen, Germany
  • Representative: Toni Kiesel
  • Starting no. of personnel : approximately 10
  • Capital : 500,000 EUR (approximately 64 million JPY)
  • Investment ratio: Hitachi Construction Machinery 49.9%, KTEG 50.1%
  • Investment period : Scheduled for within 2018 on the approval of the
  • Competition Authorities of Germany and Poland.
  • Business operations : Development of electric construction machinery and special application products.

About Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd.

Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd., (TSE: 6305), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a global Construction Machinery company with approximately 20,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2017 (ended March 31, 2018) consolidated revenues totaled 959 billion yen. Hitachi Construction Machinery will focus more than ever on the Construction and Mining Machinery Business, which includes Hydraulic Excavators, Wheel Loaders, Rigid Dump Trucks, Compaction Equipment, Cranes & Foundation Machines, Applications and Mine Management Systems. For more information on Hitachi Construction Machinery, please visit the company’s website at https://www.hitachicm.com/global/.


October 22nd 2018 on KHL

Hitachi in electric development deal

A new company for the development of electric construction machinery and special application products for further expansion of the European market has been set up by Hitachi Construction Machinery with KTEG Kiesel Technologie Entwicklung.

Toni Kiesel, President of KTEG and Hideshi Fukumoto, Vice President and Executive Officer of Hitachi Construction Machinery
Toni Kiesel (left), president of KTEG, and Hideshi Fukumoto, vice president and executive officer of Hitachi Construction Machinery

Hitachi said it had been developing electric construction machinery to help reduce environmental burden and life cycle costs for a long time.

It has developed wired electric excavators with small to medium-sized equipment as a

base, supplying more than 100 – mostly in the Japanese market so far. In addition, it has supplied wired electric ultra-large hydraulic excavators to mines, while Hitachi Construction Machinery said it had been involved in the development of battery-powered electric excavators from an early stage, starting with the ZX70B in 2006.

With the European market having some of the strictest regulations in the world regarding global warming prevention and the low carbon society, Hitachi said it made electricity needs particularly strong in this region for both cars and construction machinery.

It said KTEG had a wealth of knowhow for regulating and commercializing electric construction machinery in the European market.

Hitachi said that to respond to the various needs of customers in the European market, it was typical for distributors and remodelling companies to develop and sell special application products for specifications that could not be handled by standard models.

It pointed out that KTEG had developed large demolition specification equipment and other special application products based on Hitachi Construction Machinery hydraulic excavators.

With the establishment of this new company, the electric technology of Hitachi Construction Machinery and technical know-how of KTEG will be brought together to use the components on current equipment, and Hitachi said this would make the creation of “electric construction machinery that respond to the needs of customers” possible.

The Hitachi Construction Machinery Group said it would continue to co-operate with various business partners through open innovation, constantly considering solutions for customer issues, including improving safety and productivity, and reducing life cycle costs, as well as reducing environmental burden as they developed products with high added value.

The new company – EAC European Application Center – will be based in Stockstadt am Rhein, Hessen, Germany, headed by Kiesel president Toni Kiesel.

An initial investment of €500,000 will be split 49% Hitachi Construction Machinery, and 50.1% KTEG, and is scheduled for within 2018 on the approval of the competition authorities of Germany and Poland.

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By Sandy Guthrie, 22 October 2018, for KHL.com

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