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HCM

Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd.

SHISumitomo Heavy Construction Crane Co., Ltd.

HSCHitachi Sumitomo Heavy Industries Construction Crane Co., Ltd.

HSC-CRANESSumitomo Heavy Industries Construction Cranes Co., Ltd.

Year

Significant Events of the Company History

1949

HCM

Developed the Hitachi U05 power shovel based entirely on Japanese technology.

1955

HCM

Hitachi Construction Machinery Service Co., Ltd. established.

1957

HCM

Developed the Hitachi U106 multi-purpose excavator.

1963

SHI

Sumitomo Machinery Co., Ltd. [currently Sumitomo Heavy Industries, Ltd.] created a construction machinery division. It entered into a technological partnership with Link-Belt Construction Equipment Company in the US [currently FMC Corporation] for crawler cranes and truck-mounted cranes. Sumitomo Construction Machinery Sales Co., Ltd. established as the exclusive sales distributor in Japan for construction machinery.

1964

SHI

Began selling mechanical truck-mounted cranes under the “Sumitomo-Link-Belt” brand name.

1965

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The various construction machinery sales subsidiaries of Hitachi, Ltd. were merged with Hitachi Construction Machinery Service Co., Ltd. to form the former Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd.

1969

HCM

The construction machinery manufacturing division of Hitachi, Ltd. was spun-off as an independent company. It was combined with the Adachi and Tsuchiura factories to form Hitachi Construction Machinery Manufacturing Co., Ltd.

1970

HCM
SHI

Hitachi Construction Machinery Manufacturing Co., Ltd. and the former Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd merged to form Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd.

Sales begun of hydraulic truck-mounted cranes.

1971

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Release of KH150, Japan’s first fully hydraulic crawler crane.

1974

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Operations of the Adachi plant are consolidated into the Tsuchiura plant as part of a factory relocation plan and to reinforce production capacity.

1975

SHI

Sales begun of fully-hydraulic crawler cranes.

1981

HCM

Formed a business tie-up with Tadano, Ltd. in the area of truck-mounted cranes and crawler cranes.

1985

SHI

Shenzhen International Construction Machinery Corp. (China) established.
LS-215RH5 was awarded the 15th Machine Design Award.

1986

SHI

Sumitomo and FMC established the joint venture company LBCE (USA). The company began sales of cranes in the US.
By way of a corporate spin-off from Sumitomo Heavy Industries, Sumitomo Construction Machinery was established as a vertically integrated company from manufacture to sales.

1989

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The Kasumigaura plant, a factory for mass producing transmission and other components, was completed in the vicinity of the Tsuchiura plant.
The company was listed in the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

1990

SHI

Production begun of an all-terrain crane (fully hydraulic truck-mounted crane).

1994

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The CX series, a fully remodeled version of the KH series, was launched.

1996

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The Tsuchiura business division acquired ISO9001 certification.

1997

HCM

The company acquired ISO14001 certification for environmental management systems.

1998

SHI

The company acquired ISO9001 certification, an international standard for quality assurance, for its manufacture of cranes and foundation work equipment.

1999

SHI

The Nagoya plant acquired ISO14001 certification for environmental management systems.

2000

SHI

Technical Crane Service Co., Ltd. (later called HSC Crane Services Co., Ltd.) established, specialing in crane maintenance and rental services.

2001

HCM
SHI

Sumitomo Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. formed an alliance with Tadano Ltd. in the crane business.

Sumitomo Heavy Construction Crane was established as a corporate spin-off from Sumitomo Construction Machinery.
Sumitomo Heavy Industries formed an alliance in the crane business with Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd. and Tadano Ltd.

2002

HSC

Hitachi Sumitomo Heavy Industries Construction Crane Co., Ltd. opened for business.

2003

HSC

The Shanghai representative office was opened.
The SCX series was launched. Sales of two models, the SCX900-2 and SCX1200-2, begun.
Technical Crane Services Co., Ltd. [later called HSC Crane Services Co., Ltd.] was consolidated into the group.

2004

HSC

Hitachi Sumitomo Heavy Industries Construction Crane (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. established.
The manufacturing division opened its Nagoya plant.

2005

HSC

UCX300, a wheeled crane, was launched.
The ATX series, all-terrain cranes, was launched.

2006

HSC

HSC Crane Services was merged to HSC.

2007

HSC

Midterm management plan "Global HSC 21C" was prepared.

2008

HSC

SCX2000-2 won the Machine Design Award: Distinctive Merit Prize.

2010

HSC

6000SLX won the Machine Design Award: Nippon Brand Prize.

2011

HSC

Midterm management plan "Rebirth 2013" was prepared.

2012

HSC

On occasion of our tenth anniversary, the redesigned SCX-3 series was launched.

2013

HSC

SCX1200-3 won the Machine Design Award: Distinctive Merit Prize.

2014

HSC

Midterm management plan "Breakthrough 2016" was prepared.

2016

HSC

The 650TLX and SDX612 series of crawler cranes with telescopic booms won the Machine Design Award: Nippon Brand Prize.

2017

HSC

Midterm management plan "for the Next Stage 2019" was prepared.
The SCX3500-3 model won the Machine Design Award: Grand Prize (Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Award).
HSC Shares was transferred between parent companies.

2018

HSC-CRANES

Changed name to Sumitomo Heavy Industries Construction Cranes Co., Ltd.
"HSC CRANES" as new brand mark was launched.