Hitachi and CSIRO to cooperate on research and development

Hitachi mining range. Image: Hitachi

Hitachi has joined forces with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) to develop technologies for mining equipment.

The two companies will collaborate on research and development projects in artificial intelligence (AI), security, material tracking, urban systems, Internet of Things (IoT) sensing, autonomous systems and more.

Hitachi Australia managing director Atsushi Konishi joined CSIRO chief executive officer Larry Marshall to execute the agreement.

According to Hitachi Australia director of operations Anand Singh, the partnership will enable “collaborative efforts with a variety of different stakeholders who are in alliance with CSIRO from different industries and academia”.

The MoU was signed in advance of last week’s Hitachi’s Social Innovation Forum held in Sydney, which featured a keynote address from Hitachi executive vice president Keiji Kojima.

Hitachi serves the mining industry through subsidiary Hitachi Construction Machinery, which provides a range of excavators, haul trucks and loaders.

The company maintains a close relationship with company John Deere for the distribution of excavators in the Americas through a 50:50 joint venture that celebrated its 30th anniversary this year.

Hitachi and Bell Equipment are also partnered for the distribution of articulated dump trucks in Australia.