Recently, the demand for compact products has been increasing in North America and Europe with the economic recovery due to the easing of COVID-19 restrictions. In particular, demand for product supply is expected due to steady growth in the number of housing starts in the North American market where Hitachi Construction Machinery started its full-scale business expansion in March 2022. Furthermore, the demand for electric construction machinery is increasing in the European market from the perspective of environmental responsiveness, and the company is expanding its lineup of battery-powered products. Orders for the 5-tonne class ZX55U-6EB battery-powered mini excavator are scheduled to start in June 2022. In order to adapt to such increases in demand going forward, Hitachi Construction Machinery Tierra decided to increase the production facility capacity of the Shiga Works.
Because compact products are often used to handle work which replaces manpower and frequently operate in urban areas, there is a growing need for high functionality and electrification which requires more advanced development testing. To respond to this growing need, it was decided that the product test site will be relocated near the Shiga Works, and its functionality will be expanded. In addition to an expansion of environment-resistant testing equipment, starting from FY 2024 Hitachi Construction Machinery Tierra will become able to conduct various tests such as mini excavator excavating tests and mini wheel loader running tests including electric construction equipment, structural rigidity tests, and other tests, at a site approximately twice the size of our previous site.
Going forward, the Hitachi Construction Machinery Group will continue to help resolve the customer issues of “improving safety,” “improving productivity,” and “reducing lifecycle costs” as a close and reliable partner.