JAPAN: 40th year anniversary for Hitachi Construction Machinery

Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd. (HCM) has recently commemorated its 40th anniversary. When it was still part of Hitachi, Ltd., the company manufactured and launched the Hitachi UH03, the first hydraulic excavator developed with Japanese technology. Since then, Hitachi hydraulic excavators have earned a strong reputation in the industry for being highly reliable products.

There have been several important milestones for the company over the past four decades. In 1970, HCM had a capital of 3.8billion Yen. A year later, the company introduced the world’s first hydraulic crane, the KH150. In 1972, its European subsidiary, Hitachi Construction Machinery (Europe) NV, was established in Oosterhout, The Netherlands.

Today, HCM has a capital of 81billion Yen, as well as 30 companies in Japan and 40 companies overseas. The company has clearly come a long way since 1970.

HCM’s President, CEO and Director, Mr. Kikawa, says: “We take great pride in the fact that HCM has earned society’s respect as a global construction machinery manufacturing company listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. I would also like to express my appreciation to our predecessors for their commitment, as well as our customers, shareholders and business partners for their continuing support.”

USA: Updated AEM Compact Excavator Safety Manual now available –English and new Spanish-English version

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) has significantly updated its compact excavator safety manual and now offers a new Spanish/English version of the material.

The AEM Compact Excavator Safety Manual was developed under the guidance of the association’s Attachment Manufacturers Council and Compact Loader/Compact Excavator Council. AEM safety manuals illustrate typical worksite and equipment hazards as well as safe practices in equipment preparation, operation, maintenance and transport. They are ideal for group safety sessions on the job or in the classroom as well as individual usage.

JAPAN: Norwegian Crane Hire Association visits Maeda in Japan

During November 2010, the Norwegian Crane Hire Association travelled to Japan with AB Kranlyft to visit Maeda Mini Cranes. Their yearly autumn meeting was held in the conference room of Maeda Seisakusho in Nagano.

The trip started in Tokyo with a free day in order to overcome jetlag before a brief visit to the Kato Works factory in Ibaraki where they were joined by the President, Mr K. Kato

NORWAY: Veidekke and Hæhre to move forward together

Following many years of cooperation, Veidekke Entreprenør AS and Albert Kr. Hæhre AS, the two companies have agreed to move forward together through Veidekke’s purchase of 51% of the shares in the Hæhre group’s contracting operations. This is an effort that strengthens both companies’ competitive ability.

The market outlook for large construction projects is good, particularly in the road and railway sectors. The size and complexity of contracts is escalating, and this has resulted in an increased struggle for expertise and capacity.

CHINA: LiuGong open new subsidiaries and positive 3rd quarter figures

LiuGong Machinery Corp. announced the opening of three new subsidiary companies as it continues its rapid global growth. The subsidiary office headquarters will open in Singapore, Johannesburg and Dubai.

Strong 3rd quarter 2010 figures
After announcing record sales, profits and export volumes the first half of this year, LiuGong executives reported the company’s third quarter earnings continue apace as the company posted total sales revenue of ¥ 11.75 billion (€1.29 billion, US$1.75 billion) a 61% increase from the same period in 2009

USA: Caterpillar Paving Products Inc. and Weiler Inc marketing agreement

Caterpillar Paving Products Inc. and Weiler Inc. have announced that the two companies have signed an exclusive global marketing agreement.

The agreement grants Caterpillar the exclusive rights to market select Weiler brand asphalt products worldwide. The portfolio of products includes remixing transfer vehicles, road wideners, windrow elevators and small asphalt pavers. The equipment will be distributed through Caterpillar’s worldwide network of independent dealers.

The agreement expands the product line that Cat Dealers offer to paving customers and demonstrates the commitment of Caterpillar Paving Products Inc. to providing solutions to the worldwide paving industry. “With the addition of specialized paving support equipment and other niche products for the wide variety of worldwide customers, Cat Dealers are now in a position to bring total solutions to our customers,” said Lieven Van Broekhoven, Worldwide Sales and Marketing Manager for Caterpillar Paving Products Inc. “We have a long history of working with Weiler, and this agreement cements our relationship even further.”