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Hitachi changing its European production operations and will focus on one facility

Christian Fernsby ▼ | May 29, 2020
Hitachi CME intends to concentrate on production in its Amsterdam factory.
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The management of Hitachi Construction Machinery Europe (HCME) plans to move the production and assembly activities currently taking place in Oosterhout to the existing HCME production location in Amsterdam.

Topics: Hitachi

In the Netherlands, HCME will focus on producing customised machines, in order to better meet the increasing demand from its dealers across Europe.

Meanwhile, the production and assembly of standard machines will be left to the factories in Japan.

The consultation process with the Works Council and the discussions with the trade unions for this proposed relocation have now started.

HCME expects to complete these discussions after the summer.

This transition will take several months, and the company aims its completion in December 2021.

When the plan goes ahead, possibly 115 jobs may get lost in the course of 2021.

The company is currently prioritising support for its employees.

The content of a social plan will be discussed with the unions, although redundancies cannot be ruled out.

In order to guarantee the continuity of the company in the longer term and safeguard employment, the business model has been revised.

HCME will offer the dealers more customised solutions for the Hitachi machinery.

This is something all dealers throughout Europe request from HCME.