Hitachi CM Europe and ABAX connect mini excavators to HCM Global e-Service

The latest Zaxis-6 range of Hitachi mini excavators can now be connected to Hitachi Construction Machinery’s remote monitoring system, Global e-Service. This allows owners access to operational data on their machines, which in turn helps to increase productivity, enhance efficiency, maximize availability and reduce running costs.

[Left to right: Lars Thorstensen (ABAX), Martijn Zewald (ABAX), Paul Walsh (ABAX), Morten Stand (ABAX), Håkon Grønn-Weiss (ABAX), Makoto Yamazawa (HCME), Tom van Wijlandt (HCME), Jürgen Heilmann (Investcorp), Pål Kamjord (ABAX)]
Hitachi Construction Machinery (Europe) NV (HCME ) has teamed up with European telematics company ABAX for this new development.

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Wheeled loaders: A healthy load

The European wheeled loader market is relatively buoyant, according to specialist market research and forecasting company Off-Highway Research, with sales of machines over 60kW currently running at just above 10,000 units per year in Western Europe – the best demand has been since the global financial crisis a decade ago.

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Danfoss offers product, system and design solutions, specifically engineered for wheeled loaders

This puts the value of the market at some US$2.15 billion (€1.9 billion).

Within Europe, the major markets are largely what one would expect – Germany accounts for some 25% of demand and, together with France, Italy and the UK, these big four represent about 60% of regional sales. Continue reading “Wheeled loaders: A healthy load”

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”

Volvo CE to go electric on smaller machines

Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) has revealed that, by mid-2020, it will begin to launch a range of electric compact excavators (EC15 to EC27) and wheeled loaders (L20 to L28) and stop new diesel engine-based development of these models.

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Volvo’s electric site project involves eight HX2 autonomous, battery-electric load carriers

The company said that the move was being made following a positive reaction from the market after the successful unveiling of a number of concept machines in recent years, and by working closely with customers.

The first machines will be unveiled at the Continue reading “Volvo CE to go electric on smaller machines”

Vögele re-categorises range

Wirtgen group company Joseph Vögele is restructuring its range of road pavers and screeds, dividing its range into two categories – the Premium Line and the Classic Line.

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From now on, pavers will be allocated to the new Classic Line or Premium Line

The company will also be subdividing its products into up to five classes within those lines.

The new Classic Line is for pavers equipped with the ErgoBasic operating concept, which Vögele said was “extremely easy-to-use”. Continue reading “Vögele re-categorises range”