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Hitachi Zosen eyes Asian subway demand for its boring machines

Japanese tunnel excavator hopes high-tech service can help it top Chinese rivals

Hitachi Zosen offers large and technologically advanced tunnel boring machines with cutter heads nearly 20 meters in diameter.

OSAKA -- Hitachi Zosen is looking to leverage its strength in support services to gain traction in the Southeast Asian market for tunnel boring machines.

The Japanese heavy machinery manufacturer aims to rack up 10 billion yen ($95 million) in annual sales by besting cheaper Chinese rivals on the back of expanded services, which include remote support to help clients assemble and operate the massive machines.

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