Some of Resolute Equipment’s best-selling plant and equipment brands have been around for many decades. These brands have withstood several booms and busts and used these cycles to innovate, refine and expand.
Celebrating Hino’s 50th year in Australia
This week, we will look at where it all began forHino, which celebrated its 50th year in Australia in 2015.
Hino’s humble beginnings date back more than 100 years ago to 1910 when the company started out as the Tokyo Gas Industry Company in Japan. Prior to producing trucks, Hino’s predecessor manufactured gas lighting products.
Due to fierce competition in gas lighting, Hino expanded its products to included electronic parts. The company’s products and services grew further and within seven years of incorporation, Hino created its first A-type truck.
Influenced by demand dynamics and advancing technology,Hino’s product offeringbroadened again. During the 1940s, Hino had begun producing heavy-duty tractors and trailers as well as manufacturing coach and diesel engines during the 1940s.
The Hino name was coined in 1942 when the company’s plant division separated from the then named Diesel Motor Industry Co Ltd. The plant division was christened Hino Heavy Industry and focused on creating military track-laying vehicles.
By 1948, the company was developing an array of heavy-duty diesel engine trucks and the following year, in 1949, Hino listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
Hino powered into the 1950s with the launch of its heavy-duty TH10 8-tonnetruck. This vehicle was considerably larger than existing Japanese trucks at the time.
Expansion into overseas markets was the theme in the 1960s, with the first international sales company established in Thailand in 1962. By 1965, Hino was producing in Thailand and had sold its first vehicle in Australia.
Also during the 1960s, Hino introduced Japan’s inaugural 3.5-ton medium duty truck which was labelled the Hino Ranger KM.