Issue 17


Handover of 300,000th excavator

A special delivery in Norway

A Norwegian company has taken delivery of the 300,000th Hitachi excavator produced at Hitachi Construction Machinery Tierra Co., Ltd in Japan. A special handover for the new ZX85US-6 was held for owners Brødrene Gudbrandsen AS with representatives from local dealer Nasta, HCME and HCM in July.

Tom Johansen, CEO of Nasta, says: “Norway is probably the country where most ZX85 models are sold, and over the past 20 years, we have delivered about 2,000 new Hitachi eight-tonne excavators to our customers. That is precisely why this is an important highlight for us that Hitachi dedicated this anniversary machine to one of our loyal entrepreneurs.”

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Hitachi ZX530LCH-6 excavator at Glaris quarry

ZX530LCH-6 offers added durability

The only manufacturer of white lime products in Switzerland is relying on a Hitachi ZX530LCH-6 excavator at its quarry in Glarus. Kalkfabrik Netstal AG (KFN) supplies customers all around the world, as well as delivering a wide range of sand, grit and concrete gravel to local contractors.

KFN operates year-round, 24/7, and produces around 200 tonnes of lime daily. The end product is used for road maintenance, for which it is less sensitive than other materials to erosion damage in all weathers.

The ZX530LCH-6 is mining two different types of rock, for which it is equipped with cab protection, reinforced glass and special spikes for winter use. In addition, a hydraulic quick coupler allows easy access to other attachments, including a 1,800 mm bucket, ripper and breaker.

Hitachi machinery at Synergy Hire in Letchworth

Rental company acquires first Zaxis-6 mini excavators in UK

Synergy Hire Limited has taken delivery of the first Zaxis-6 mini excavators in the UK. The Letchworth-based company has a large fleet of Hitachi machinery, and became the first to offer the Stage-V compliant excavator to a growing UK rental market.

The Zaxis-6 mini and compact excavators were unveiled at Bauma in April 2019, and offer high levels of productivity, greater fuel efficiency and reduced emissions.

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Hitachi ZX18-3 mini donated to hospital in Haiti

Mini excavator donated to hospital in Haiti

A Hitachi ZX18-3 mini excavator has been donated by HCME to help with important work at a hospital in Haiti. The hospital was the idea of Dutch nationals Rob Hulshuizen and Doctor Anne-Marie Wessels, who moved to the country in 2001.

Around 100 patients visit the hospital each day, with Anne-Marie and her team providing vital specialist treatment and operations. Rob maintains the hospital buildings, which are powered by solar panels, and a repair workshop.

In addition to this, he constructs shelters for members of the community who have lost homes due to extreme flooding and hurricanes. He has also built several houses close to the hospital for medical staff and guest rooms for teams of workers from abroad.

Hitachi ZW250-6 at asphalt plant in Sweden

First for fuel efficiency

Swedish company Miljötekniska Konsult AB has recently invested in its second Hitachi wheel loader – a ZW250-6 – based on its positive experiences of operating a ZW220-6. The new machine works at the company’s main asphalt plant, which mixes approximately 90 tonnes per hour. The ZW250-6 feeds the plant and transfers the prepared materials.

The company’s main activities are asphalt and bentonite production, and it prides itself on speed, making it an attractive alternative to traditional asphalt plants.

“We rely on an efficient and reliable fleet of machinery,” says Miljötekniska Konsult’s owner Christer Westberg. “This is where our Hitachi wheel loaders play an essential role.”

Rent it. Drive it. Profit. Hitachi Premium Rental

Hitachi Premium Rental provides maximum flexibility

Hitachi excavators and wheel loaders are now available to rent direct from Hitachi Construction Machinery (Europe) NV via our dealer network, under the Hitachi Premium Rental initiative. Mid-size machines from eight to 50 tonnes can be hired by the month and for periods up to one year.

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