Hitachi to bring full-scale dump truck production to Ontario

HItachi dump truck file photo
File photo of the Hitachi EH4000 AC-3 mining truck

Hitachi Construction Machinery Co. has announced it will bring full-scale production of dump trucks to Canada starting in 2026.

The trucks will be manufactured by Hitachi Construction Truck Manufacturing, which is in Guelph, Ontario. The subsidiary is currently responsible for the production and remanufacturing of dump truck maintenance and service parts.

This decision to manufacture in Canada is in response to the strong demand in the Americas market.

“By developing a local production and service framework for dump trucks, we can quickly accommodate local market needs. Hitachi Construction Machinery hopes to accelerate independent business expansion while increasing the local procurement rate,” the company said in a news release.

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The Americas account for about 40 per cent of the global dump truck (more than 150 tons) market. Demand for copper, iron ore and gold are expected to continue rising in the future, all of which are mined in large volumes in South America.

The Hitachi Construction Machinery Group has been producing dump trucks in Japan, and delivering the machines worldwide. Now, with local production of dump trucks in Canada, transportation time will be shortened, and the Americas market can be quickly supplied with products.

For dump trucks produced in Canada, mainframes, welding structures and components such as engines and radiators will be locally sourced to improve the local procurement rate.

Other key components will be imported from Japan to ensure the same level of reliability as dump trucks produced in Japan. Engineers, including designers, will be present at Hitachi Construction Truck Manufacturing to flexibly deal with specification changes on individual dump trucks and deliver quality products and services that cater to customers’ needs.

Hitachi Construction Truck Manufacturing’s predecessor, Euclid-Hitachi Heavy Equipment Ltd., was acquired by Hitachi Construction Machinery in 1988.

It stopped production of dump trucks in 2018 to focus on producing service parts for delivered dump trucks and remanufacturing parts for ultra-large hydraulic excavators and dump trucks.

At the start of full-scale production of dump trucks in fiscal year 2026, staff is expected to double the current size as part of Hitachi’s efforts to strengthen the production system.