Hitachi accelerates rental programme

Hitachi Construction Machinery (Europe) NV is to accelerate the growth of its dealer rental initiative in Europe after a successful first year in which 375 machines have entered dealer fleets.

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A Hitachi ZW180-6 wheeled loader in the Premium Rental fleet.

Under its ‘Premium Rental’ programme, Hitachi is buying machines and providing them to dealers to offer for medium and long term rentals. The programme was started in Spring last year. Continue reading “Hitachi accelerates rental programme”

Big Huisman crane for Japan

Japan Marine United Shipyard (JMU) has ordered a 1,000 tonne capacity crane from Dutch specialist Huisman.

A 1,000 tonne Huisman pedestal crane is destined for Japan
A 1,000 tonne Huisman pedestal crane is destined for Japan

The pedestal mounted crane willbe used for offshore wind turbine installation in Japan. It will be built at Huisman’s yard in China and installed at the JMU yard in Japan.

The latest order for Japan follows another two years ago. Huisman supplied an 800 tonne pedestal crane for the Japanese Penta-Ocean Construction company’s self elevating platform. It was also constructed by JMU and used to install offshore wind turbines.

The end clients for the latest crane vessel are Japanese construction companies Obayashi Corporation and TOA Corporation. It was the first firm order, Huisman said, since it began working with Japanese agent Exeno Yamamizu Corporation.

While the design of the crane “builds on the track record of Huisman’s previous crane for the Japanese market,” it will be adapted to suit Obayashi Corporation and TOA Corporation, Huisman said.

Timon Ligterink, Huisman sales manager, commented, “As a positive track record is highly important in the Japanese market, we are extremely happy with the continuing trust that Obayashi, TOA and JMU have expressed in Huisman. After our initial market entry in 2016, we now retain our 100 per cent market share in the region for offshore wind turbine installation cranes with this second contract. By adapting our products to our client’s needs and, living up to our promises to one of Japan’s most advanced shipyards, we establish ourselves as a reliable partner, which is key to develop this new market.”


19 October 2018 – KHL.com

Revamped Hitachi factory opens

The official opening of a renovated mini and compact excavator factory by Hitachi Construction Machinery (Europe) – HCME – has taken place in Oosterhout, the Netherlands.

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The opening of the Oosterhout site

The new 8,000m2 facility is part of a modernisation programme which began in January this year. Hitachi said that it would mean enhanced efficiency at the factory that is responsible for producing the ZX10 to ZX85 models. Continue reading “Revamped Hitachi factory opens”

Boels makes €24m JCB investment

Boels Rental has secured a major deal to buy more than 340 JCB machines, including load-alls and excavators, worth up to €24 million.

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JCB Boels equipment

The Netherlands-based rental company will stock out its depots across Europe, including in Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Austria and Italy.

The deal strengthens the company’s long-term Continue reading “Boels makes €24m JCB investment”

Change in leadership for Hitachi Construction Machinery (UK) Ltd, Roberts to leave Kubota for Hitachi

Change in leadership for Hitachi Construction Machinery (UK) Ltd

Februari 5th, 2018 – HCME Press center

Hitachi Construction Machinery (Europe) NV (HCME) has announced that there will be a change in leadership as of 1 April 2018 at its subsidiary, Hitachi Construction Machinery (UK) Ltd (HCMUK), located in Newcastle upon Tyne. David Roberts (pictured above) has been appointed as the new CEO of HCMUK Continue reading “Change in leadership for Hitachi Construction Machinery (UK) Ltd, Roberts to leave Kubota for Hitachi”

Spierings launches hybrid crane

Dutch mobile folding tower crane manufacturer Spierings Mobile Cranes has launched what it describes as the “first hybrid electric crane”, the SK487-AT3 City Boy. It says it developed the City Boy in response to the increasing number of cities around the world banning vehicles with diesel and petrol engines.

Continue reading “Spierings launches hybrid crane”