Work began to identify a new brand name to replace Doosan following the August 2021 sale of Doosan Infracore to HD Hyundai (formerly Hyundai Heavy Industries Holdings Co. HHIH). The name DEVELON was chosen to convey the company’s drive to develop onward to bring innovative solutions to the construction equipment industry through technological transformation and the development of equipment and services.
“We believe the new DEVELON brand will help us build on the success we’ve had in North America over the past 30 years and throughout the world for more than 80 years,” said Todd Roecker, Vice President of Growth Initiatives.
DEVELON will continue to focus on manufacturing construction equipment to build critical infrastructure for the betterment of communities and societies in North America and beyond. DEVELON products and services will help customers and partners become industry leaders in construction, logging, recycling, mining, rental, and agriculture. Efforts will also be placed on advancing sustainable development through alternative energy sources of power for construction equipment.
“Our commitment to the construction equipment industry and advancing new technologies has never been stronger than it is today,” Roecker said. “DEVELON anticipates changes in the industry and prepares solutions to address these challenges. This is evident by our ongoing development of the world’s first autonomous jobsite solution — Concept-X — and the work we are doing with alternative energy sources like electricity and battery packs for our mini excavators.”
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After CONEXPO, continued efforts will be made to advance the brand at the local dealer level through updates to signage and machine decals. Customers are likely to begin to see newly branded machines at their local DEVELON dealerships and on jobsites as early as the end of Q2 2023.
The company will maintain parts availability through its two regional parts distribution centers: one in Atlanta and a second in the Pacific Northwest. A customization plant in Savannah, Georgia, will still play a key role in supplying machines to DEVELON dealers and customers: getting products into the hands of customers faster, with the configurations they need for their applications.
“Our dealers and customers should expect the same strong support from DEVELON in the future,” Roecker said. “We are committed to the long-term success of the new brand and ensuring our customers have the support they need to be successful. DEVELON makes best-in-class equipment, excelling in performance, durability, and reliability. That commitment will remain constant.”
DEVELON will continue as a subsidiary in the Hyundai Genuine group alongside Hyundai Construction Equipment (HCE). These two subsidiaries will remain independent construction equipment companies under HD Hyundai. Together, the two brands will position Hyundai Genuine as a global top-5 player in the construction equipment industry.
“We’ve grown our construction equipment offering in North America with our line of mini excavators and most recently the addition of dozers,” Roecker said. “These product expansions represent our goal of providing a full line of equipment for our dealers and our customers. We believe that this demonstrates our commitment to North America, and we look forward to continued growth here for many years to come.”