Hitachi Construction Machinery Europe is part of the giant Japanese Hitachi Construction Machinery Group. Main products include excavators and mini excavators, indeed Hitachi was one of the best selling excavator brands in the UK in 2009. The firm also provides wheeled loaders, rigid dump trucks, large mining shovels and crawler carriers in Europe. In addition Hitachi Sumitomo Heavy Industries is a subsidiary producing a wide range of hydraulic crawler cranes. There is also a small range of crawler mounted access platforms available from Hitachi.
Hitachi construction equipment is well established in the UK civil engineering, demolition, mining, forestry and materials handling industries, where it has a good reputation for performance and productivity. The Hitachi brand also commands a strong residual performance worldwide, although used equipment customers should check the original territory of sale, as specifications will vary and machinery can be sold worldwide.
In the UK Hitachi has corporate offices in Bristol, but the construction machinery is mainly sold, serviced and backed by UK distributor HM Plant, which has a network of independent dealers around the country. HM Plant also provides coverage for Ireland.
The Hitachi crawler crane line-up is sold and serviced through specialist crane dealer NRC Plant in Essex.