Due to the Russian attack on Ukraine, two construction equipment manufacturers based in Japan changed their plans to supply products to Russia.
Hitachi Construction Machinery said it would phase out production at its plant in Russia and halt exports from Japan to the country.
Komatsu, also based in Japan, said it suspended shipments from Japan to Russia.
The announcements from both companies were made on March 4.
Hitachi released the following statement:
Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd. monitors the ongoing developments in Russia and Ukraine and hopes for a peaceful resolution as soon as possible, like everyone else in the world.
Our top priority is the safety of our stakeholders, including our group employees and their families, our customers, our dealers and our supply chain partners.
Hitachi Construction Machinery has decided to phase out production at Hitachi Construction Machinery Eurasia LLC, its regional headquarters responsible for manufacturing and sales in Russia and the CIS, and to halt exports from Japan to Russia until new order, due to the potential risks associated with the business.
We are committed to making the most appropriate decisions possible based on information gathering and close communication with our bases around the world.
Komatsu released the following statement:
Due to the situation in Ukraine, the disruption of the supply chain around Komatsu has become extremely difficult and the impact on the financial and economic situation remains uncertain. In accordance with its crisis management policy, Komatsu has established an emergency task force headed by its President and CEO Hiroyuki Ogawa, where information is collected and analyzed, and future actions are discussed.
Due to the current supply chain disruption and the uncertainty of the financial and economic situation, the company has decided to suspend shipments to Russia for the time being.
The Komatsu Group’s top priority is the safety and health of all stakeholders, including its employees and their families, customers and suppliers, and the many global communities in which the company operates. Komatsu is deeply concerned about the current situation in Ukraine and is closely monitoring developments. The company sincerely hopes that the situation will be resolved peacefully as soon as possible.
Trimble released the following statement:
Trimble strongly condemns the unprovoked invasion of Ukraine by the Russian government. Since last week, we have stopped selling our products and services in Russia and Belarus. Our main goal continues to be the well-being of our employees and partners in Ukraine and Russia.
Through the Trimble Foundation, we are also contributing to urgently needed humanitarian aid for displaced Ukrainian citizens.