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In late March 2021, Sonosuke Ishii, President of Mining Group, Senior Vice-President and Executive Director of Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd. and Joachim Braun, Division President, Process Industries, ABB Ltd. have signed the Memorandum of Understanding to conduct joint activities in bringing solutions that will reduce the greenhouse gas emissions associated with heavy machinery in mining.

Using advanced engineering technologies, the Companies will explore opportunities to apply ABB’s electrification, automation and digital solutions to mining trucks and excavators provided by Hitachi. The aim of the combined solutions is to enhance the efficiency of mining businesses, contributing to the reduction of carbon dioxide and accordingly improve the environment.

Sonosuke Ishii, Senior Vice President and Executive Officer at Hitachi Construction Machinery, said: “The majority of mining operations worldwide remain energy intensive, with many of the current industrial processes producing significant greenhouse gas emissions. Climate change continues to impact society and communities; it is our vision through this commercial collaboration with ABB to provide solutions that can reduce our customers’ environmental footprint. We are delighted to be collaborating with ABB as we continue to invest our efforts in introducing eco-friendly technologies and systems for the mining industry.”

ABB’s intellectual applications are based on integrated solutions which may be used at every stage of equipment’s life cycle and interact with customer technology, helping to optimize key production indicators. New emissions-reducing technologies can transform the energy-intensive mining industry to achieve an even more productive, but also sustainable future. ABB has over 130 years of experience in the development of electrification, automation and digital solutions, as well as heavy equipment for mining industry. We look forward to cooperating with Hitachi Construction Machinery to create and offer advanced systems to customers, contributing to the development of high-tech and green factories.” said Joachim Braun, Division President, Process Industries, ABB.