Hitachi Construction Machinery UK celebrates half century

Hitachi Construction Machinery UK (HCMUK) is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
Loading, Hauling & Excavation / April 19, 2022
By Liam McLoughlin
Formed in 1972, HCMUK became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hitachi Construction Machinery Europe in 2007
Formed in 1972, HCMUK became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hitachi Construction Machinery Europe in 2007

The construction, quarrying and demolition equipment manufacturer is commemorating this milestone through a number of events that are scheduled to take place throughout 2022.

Promotional materials will be released to mark the anniversary, including a logo that has been unveiled demonstrating the company’s continual progress and highlighting the strong partnership it enjoys with its employees, machine owners and operators.

HCMUK was formed in 1972, the company originally traded under the names Beazer Plant Sales and BM Plan between 1972 and 1993.

It then became HM Plant in 1993 before becoming a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hitachi Construction Machinery Europe in 2007, with the company eventually changing its name to Hitachi Construction Machinery UK in 2014.

Today with its headquarters based in Hebburn, HCMUK employs over 250 people and has 12 nationwide depots and an appointed sub-dealer in Ireland.

Looking to the future, the company says it is building on its reputation for manufacturing reliable, high-quality and technologically advanced equipment to offer in-house customised solutions or in partnership with leading suppliers.

HCMUK adds that it is part of the shift to digitalisation through its Hitachi Connected Technology department which offers market-leading 3D machine control and special attachment solutions, that are installed to factory standards by manufacturer-trained engineers at its dedicated product support depot in the North-East of England.

The company has also recently launched its mixed-fleet telematics system, CTFleet Link, which utilises both the Hitachi API and a bespoke API developed by HCMUK. It gives customers access to a live online portal to monitor the performance and location of not just their Hitachi equipment in real time but also those of other manufacturers they may have in their fleet.

Dave Roberts, CEO of HCMUK, commented: “Whilst the company name may have changed a few times, our product and people have been consistent throughout the years, delivering high quality machines with first class support to our loyal customers, many of whom have been Hitachi users for generations.

"No doubt there has been a lot of change over the past 50 years, but the scale and pace of change that we face over the next few years will surpass that. I am very confident that the team at HCMUK is in a strong position to not only adapt  to those changes, but to capitalise on them, and continue proving reliable solutions to our customers. Here’s to the next 50 years!”

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