KCMA Corporation has been active in the North American construction equipment market since 1962 when Kawasaki Heavy Industries built their first articulated wheel loader in Japan. As one of the largest heavy industries in Japan, Kawasaki provided a depth of engineering expertise that eventually made their wheel loader a major global player. As they introduced the wheel loader into the North American market in 1978, they found a positive reception for a productive, high quality loader. They established a solid support system built around an extensive, independent network of dealers that were committed to providing quality support along with quality equipment.
A joint venture with Hitachi Construction Machinery (HCM) was entered into in 2010 to further develop the global scope of the wheel loader product. This relationship combined the technological and manufacturing resources of Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Hitachi Construction Machinery Group to develop Tier 4 wheel loader technology. HCM completed the purchase of KCM from Kawasaki in 2016, and today, as a subsidiary of one of the largest construction machinery companies in the world, is securely poised for growth in the North American wheel loader market.
“This solidifies the commitment of Hitachi Construction Machinery Group to the North American market,” stated Masaaki Hirose, President Hitachi Construction Machinery Loaders America. Previously President of HCM’s dealer in Indonesia, and currently holding the position of Senior Office and Deputy General Manager America Business Development in the Hitachi Construction Machinery Group, Hirose was named President of KCMA Corporation in May 2017.
Hitachi Construction Machinery Loaders America intends to increase production and streamline their wheel loader offering in the North American market with manufacturing facilities in Banshu, Japan; Ryugasaki, Japan, and Newnan, Georgia.
The tradition of offering outstanding parts availability, an unmatched factory component exchange program, customer and dealer training programs, flexible warranty programs, and a wide range of services and programs, will continue to expand under the Hitachi Construction Machinery Loaders America corporate structure.
Look for the new corporate website and updated communication materials to be introduced in the coming months.