An official opening ceremony has taken place for the new Hitachi Construction Machinery (Europe) NV (HCME) European Parts Depot. The celebration was held at the Oosterhout facility in the south of The Netherlands and the guest of honour was Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd. (HCM) President Michijiro Kikawa.
Mr Kikawa gave a speech to the other distinguished guests who attended the ceremony, among them Mitsuhiro Tabei, President of HCME. He then presented representatives from the Parts Depot with a special Japanese maple tree, which was planted in front of the building.
In his address, Mr Kikawa emphasised the importance of the new facility, saying: “It is a great honour to officially open this new Parts Depot, and to have the opportunity to join my colleagues from HCME at such an important event in our history.
“The aim of the company investing in this larger, improved facility is to provide the best possible service to our dealers and customers. Parts availability has further increased due to the new facility’s greater capacity and efficiency. This will help Hitachi to boost parts sales and meet the demands of our expanding customer base.”
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Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd. (HCM) has recently commemorated its 40th anniversary. When it was still part of Hitachi, Ltd., the company manufactured and launched the Hitachi UH03, the first hydraulic excavator developed with Japanese technology. Since then, Hitachi hydraulic excavators have earned a strong reputation in the industry for being highly reliable products.
There have been several important milestones for the company over the past four decades. In 1970, HCM had a capital of 3.8billion Yen. A year later, the company introduced the world’s first hydraulic crane, the KH150. In 1972, its European subsidiary, Hitachi Construction Machinery (Europe) NV, was established in Oosterhout, The Netherlands.
Today, HCM has a capital of 81billion Yen, as well as 30 companies in Japan and 40 companies overseas. The company has clearly come a long way since 1970.
HCM’s President, CEO and Director, Mr. Kikawa, says: “We take great pride in the fact that HCM has earned society’s respect as a global construction machinery manufacturing company listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. I would also like to express my appreciation to our predecessors for their commitment, as well as our customers, shareholders and business partners for their continuing support.”
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Hitachi Construction Machinery (Europe) NV has manufactured its 1,000th special application excavator for delivery to its Romanian dealer, Powertek Equipment S.R.L. The ZX250LC-3 material handling machine has been bought by Ductil Steel, a subsidiary of the Russian Mechel Group, one of the five largest steel companies in the world.
"The production of the 1,000th Hitachi special application machine in Europe is a great achievement for both HCME and Powertek," says HCME Product Sales Representative for Special Equipment Mark Burghoorn. "It highlights Powertek's strong focus on special application machines, and their positive and aggressive approach to this sector. Its established network will help Hitachi material handling machines to be successful in the growing Romanian market."
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