May 09, 2018
The first special application machine has been assembled at the Hitachi Construction Machinery (Europe) NV (HCME) factory in Amsterdam since production moved from Oosterhout in December 2017. HCME announced the restructure of its factories in The Netherlands last year to enhance efficiency in response to growing demand.
The ZX300-6 straight boom front excavator left the Amsterdam facility in December to be delivered to a customer in France. This special model has a significantly higher working range over a standard machine, which makes it ideal for infrastructure and low-level demolition tasks. It is also suitable for sorting and handling construction materials and light excavation work, which makes it versatile and particularly useful for small- to medium-sized businesses.
In addition to straight boom front machines, HCME produces a range of factory-modified models for specific industry solutions, including demolition, material handling, forestry, super long front and telescopic arm excavators.
Toru Nabeshima, Manager of the HCME Special Application department, says: “Moving the production of special application machines to Amsterdam has increased efficiency in several ways. It means that the base machine no longer has to be transported from Amsterdam to Oosterhout before it is modified, for example. The Amsterdam site also has more space for testing new models.”
The HCME factory in Oosterhout now focuses entirely on mini and compact excavators, ranging from one to eight tonnes. Production of these models is expected to increase significantly due to the factory restructure.