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Hitachi Construction to bow out of Europe production

Excavators to be exported from Japan, while 50-year-old Dutch plant will close

A Hitachi excavator at a European construction site: The company makes compact models in the Netherlands. (Photo courtesy of Hitachi Construction)

TOKYO -- Hitachi Construction Machinery will stop manufacturing equipment in Europe by the end of next year and switch to exports from Japan, seeking to consolidate production and compete more effectively.

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