Hitachi and Wenco Commence a Proof of Concept Project for Utilizing Fleet Management System on Cloud Service

  Hitachi and Wenco Commence a Proof of Concept Project for Utilizing Fleet
  Management System on Cloud Service

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RICHMOND, Canada -- January 14, 2014

Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501, “Hitachi”) and Wenco International Mining Systems
Ltd. (“Wenco”), a Canadian subsidiary of Hitachi Construction Machinery Co.,
Ltd., are proud to announce the beginning of a joint Proof of Concept (PoC)
project. The PoC project, initiated by Hitachi and Wenco, and facilitated by
Teck, will combine Hitachi’s highly reliable cloud service and Wenco’s Fleet
Management System (FMS) with Teck’s mining operation team to demonstrate how
much the efficiency of the system will be improved. The results of the project
will be evaluated for approximately 40 days after its launch on January 20.

In this PoC project, Wenco's FMS will be installed at Hitachi's data center in
North America, and will provide cloud-based FMS service to Teck via the
internet. Teck, a trusted leader in the mining industry, will support the
project and provide feedback on the performance and efficiency of the system
within one of its facilities located in British Columbia, Canada.

“Wenco is very excited about the associated benefits our industry partners can
leverage with the combination of fleet management and cloud computing.
Minimizing learning curves on hardware and software, expanding accessibility,
and reducing capital costs will increase system longevity and effectiveness
for our clients,” said Phil Walshe, President and CEO, Wenco.

Using on-board computers, the Wenco FMS is installed on dump trucks,
excavators and additional equipment. It displays mine-specific instructions
for the operators that help increase efficiencies at a mine site. Currently,
the FMS is individually maintained and operated on each mine site, but the
cloud-based FMS service utilized in the PoC project will demonstrate the
ability for mines with multiple sites to manage their mine sites from one
facility. The goal of the project is to reduce the initial start-up and
operating costs of the FMS in small-scale mining.

Hitachi and Wenco will work together toward the success of this PoC project
and its future full-scale application in other mines. Hitachi has positioned
the mining-related area as one of the core focus areas of the Social
Innovation Business, and will accelerate the global rollout of these business
activities. Also Hitachi has organized its smart information related products
and services into “Intelligent Operations.” After analyzing and evaluating the
results of the project, Hitachi will advance the development of an
"Intelligent Operations for Mining" solution as a part of its “Intelligent
Operations.”

“The PoC project that Hitachi and Wenco are starting with Teck is a new
chapter in the history of resources development. We will work through this PoC
project to promote efficiency of resources development by improving efficiency
of the equipment with our advanced IT by the whole Hitachi Group,” said
Keiichi Shiotsuka, Vice President and Executive Officer, Chief Executive
Officer of Services Business, Information and Telecommunication Systems
Company, Hitachi, Ltd.

About Hitachi, Ltd.

Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global
electronics company with approximately 326,000 employees worldwide. The
company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2012 (ended March 31, 2013) totaled
9,041 billion yen ($96.1 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the
Social Innovation Business, which includes infrastructure systems, information
& telecommunication systems, power systems, construction machinery, high
functional material & components, automotive systems and others.

For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at
http://www.hitachi.com.

About Wenco International Mining Systems Ltd.

With over 25 years in the industry and offices on six continents, Wenco
provides a comprehensive fleet management system for surface mining operations
of all sizes worldwide.

Wenco delivers world class software and hardware to accurately record
equipment activity, location, time, production, and maintenance information.
Wenco products are supported by an in-house staff of engineers, mining
industry experts, software developers, and training specialists.

Wenco is dedicated to ensuring your mine is as safe, efficient, and profitable
as possible.

Wenco’s international headquarters is located in Richmond, British Columbia,
Canada and regional staff are located in the United States, Chile, South
Africa, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Ireland, Russia, India, and Australia. This
extensive global presence gives Wenco the ability to build strong client
relationships and provide the highest levels of customer service.

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Contact:

Hitachi (Japan)
Hitachi, Ltd.
Takeshi Kawakami, +81-3-5471-8900
koho@itg.hitachi.co.jp
or
Hitachi (USA)
Hitachi America, Ltd.
Mickey Takeuchi, +1-914-333-2987
masayuki.takeuchi@hal.hitachi.com
or
Wenco
Wenco International Mining Systems Ltd.
Glen Trainor, +1-604-270-8277
glentrainor@wencomine.com
 
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