ABB signs Memorandum of Understanding with Hitachi Construction Machinery to accelerate transition to all-electric mines

Hitachi Construction Machinery and ABB will explore opportunities for mine operators to target net-zero emissions from mining machinery

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  • Accelerate transition to all-electric mines


  • Share expertise and collaborate in bringing solutions to market that will reduce the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with heavy machinery in mining


  • The companies will explore possibilities to apply ABB’s electrification, automation and digital solutions to mining trucks and excavators provided by Hitachi Construction Machinery as part of wider efforts with mine operators to electrify all processes from pit to port. 

The aim of the combined solutions is to enhance the efficiency and flexibility of customer businesses, contributing to the reduction of CO₂ and the realization of a sustainable society

“ABB is calling for more collaboration between OEMs and technology companies to fast-track the development of new emissions-reducing systems with electrification and automation of the whole mining operation the goal, to achieve an even more productive, but also sustainable future”
Joachim Braun, Division President, Process Industries, ABB
“Today, the challenge of our customers is on electrification of trucks and the time to change is now. But nobody can achieve this transformation alone. Co-creation of solutions with OEMs and mining companies is needed to successfully integrate electrification in mines”
Max Luedtke, ABB’s Global Head of Mining
“This collaboration will enable the two companies to more effectively work towards our shared vision for mining. 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”
Sonosuke Ishii, President of Mining Group, Senior Vice President and Executive Officer, Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd.

“We are delighted to be collaborating with ABB to contribute to the electrification of the mining industry and the reduction of CO2 and realization of a sustainable society.”

130 years behind us, and the journey continues! With 26 years experience in the mining industry, Mehrzad Ashnagaran is now driving ABB’s all-electric mine approach to support the decarbonization of mining operations. He recently led the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding with Hitachi Construction Machinery to accelerate transition to all-electric mines. Sonosuke Ishii, Senior VP, shared a word to celebrate this important milestone.

 ABB Ability™ MineOptimize is a digitalized portfolio of connected solutions that is already improving the energy efficiency as well as productivity and optimization of CAPEX and OPEX of open pit and underground mines worldwide.
ABB’s digital applications draw on advanced libraries and software solutions to reduce process complexity and can integrate with existing equipment and technology.

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