HSC CRANES History
"Cranes are essential for creating our society and future."
Believing in these words, Sumitomo and Hitachi begun manufacturing cranes. Both companies have continued to develop their technologies to send out numerous innovative cranes and have continued to support Japanese economic growth together with their customers as a leading crawler crane company.
In 2002, Sumitomo and Hitachi joined hands to start off as Hitachi Sumitomo Heavy Industries Construction Crane Company Limited.
Furthermore, from 2018, we have begun a new chapter as a global expert in the field of crawler cranes in order to better meet the needs of our customers everywhere around the world, and we have moved forward with our new company name "Sumitomo Heavy Industries Construction Cranes Co., Ltd." and new brand name HSC CRANES.
Determination in HSC brand and corporate history
|2023||Became wholly owned subsidiary of Sumitomo Heavy Industries, Ltd..|
|2019||Europe office was established.|
|2018||Changed name to Sumitomo Heavy Industries Construction Cranes Co., Ltd.
"HSC CRANES" as new brand mark was launched.
The Crawler Crane SCX-3 Series was winner of the GOOD DESIGN AWARD 2018.
2017-2002（PREV HSC era）
|2017||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.
|2016||The 650TLX and SDX612 series of crawler cranes with telescopic booms won the Machine Design Award: Nippon Brand Prize.|
|2014||Midterm management plan "Breakthrough 2016" was prepared.|
|2013||SCX1200-3 won the Machine Design Award: Distinctive Merit Prize.|
|2012||On occasion of our tenth anniversary, the redesigned SCX-3 series was launched.|
|2011||Midterm management plan "Rebirth 2013" was prepared.|
|2010||6000SLX won the Machine Design Award: Nippon Brand Prize.|
|2008||SCX2000-2 won the Machine Design Award: Distinctive Merit Prize.|
|2007||Midterm management plan "Global HSC 21C" was prepared.|
|2006||HSC Crane Services was merged to HSC.|
|2005||UCX300, a wheeled crane, was launched.
The ATX series, all-terrain cranes, was launched.
|2004||Hitachi Sumitomo Heavy Industries Construction Crane (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. established.
The manufacturing division opened its Nagoya plant.
|2003||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.
|2002||Hitachi Sumitomo Heavy Industries Construction Crane Co., Ltd. opened for business.|
|2001||HCM||Sumitomo Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. formed an alliance with Tadano Ltd. in the crane business.|
|SHI||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.
|2000||SHI||Technical Crane Service Co., Ltd. (later called HSC Crane Services Co., Ltd.) established, specialing in crane maintenance and rental services.|
|1999||SHI||The Nagoya plant 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.|
|1997||HCM||The company acquired ISO14001 certification for environmental management systems.|
|1996||HCM||The Tsuchiura business division acquired ISO9001 certification.|
|1994||HCM||The CX series, a fully remodeled version of the KH series, was launched.|
|1990||SHI||Production begun of an all-terrain crane (fully hydraulic truck-mounted crane).|
|1989||HCM||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.
|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.
|1985||SHI||Shenzhen International Construction Machinery Corp. (China) established.
LS-215RH5 was awarded the 15th Machine Design Award.
|1981||HCM||Formed a business tie-up with Tadano, Ltd. in the area of truck-mounted cranes and crawler cranes.|
|1975||SHI||Sales begun of fully-hydraulic crawler cranes.|
|1974||HCM||Operations of the Adachi plant are consolidated into the Tsuchiura plant as part of a factory relocation plan and to reinforce production capacity.|
|1971||HCM||Release of KH150, Japan’s first fully hydraulic crawler crane.|
|1970||HCM||Hitachi Construction Machinery Manufacturing Co., Ltd. and the former Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd merged to form Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd.|
|SHI||Sales begun of hydraulic truck-mounted cranes.|
|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.|
|1965||HCM||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.|
|1964||SHI||Began selling mechanical truck-mounted cranes under the “Sumitomo-Link-Belt” brand name.|
|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.|
|1957||HCM||Developed the Hitachi U106 multi-purpose excavator.|
|1955||HCM||Hitachi Construction Machinery Service Co., Ltd. established.|
|1949||HCM||Developed the Hitachi U05 power shovel based entirely on Japanese technology.|