Wheeled loaders: Loads of potential

According to data specialist Off-Highway Research, the global market for wheeled loaders reached almost 200,000 unit sales last year. Though these machines may move the Earth, the pace at which they are evolving is moving at different speeds around the world, as different markets have distinct requirements.

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Hitachi’s ZW310 wheeled loader

Japanese manufacturer Hitachi is a global original equipment manufacturer (OEM) that has seen different trends in customer demand from region to region, and often country to country. Continue reading “Wheeled loaders: Loads of potential”

Medium and large excavators: efficiency is everything

Excavators remain the number one piece of construction machinery sold around the world. In 2018, more than 450,000 units were sold globally – with this year expected to break a total sales figure of over 400,000 units – according to figures by specialist research company, Off-Highway Research.

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The next generation: the new JCB 150X sizes up against sister model, the 220X

The machine quite literally shapes the landscape on which the construction industry builds, and although excavators come in many different sizes, this article will focus on the medium to larger sized excavator segment. Continue reading “Medium and large excavators: efficiency is everything”

These are the ten largest trucks in the world

They are till over 10,000 hp strong, have wheels up to 4 meters in diameter and weigh more than a Boeing 747. They are not allowed to enter public roads, because they would require three lanes. These are the ten largest dumptrucks in the world… Continue reading “These are the ten largest trucks in the world”

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”

Hitachi and CSIRO to cooperate on research and development

Hitachi has joined forces with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) to develop technologies for mining equipment.

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The two companies will collaborate on research and development projects in artificial intelligence (AI), security, material tracking, urban systems, Internet of Things (IoT) sensing, autonomous systems and more.

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Establishment of a Joint Venture Company to Develop Electric Construction Machinery for European Market

Tokyo, Japan, October 1, 2018 — Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd. (TSE: 6305; “Hitachi Construction Machinery”) today announced it has formed an agreement with KTEG Kiesel Technologie Entwicklung GmbH (President: Toni Kiesel; “KTEG”),

Toni Kiesel, President of KTEG (left) and Hideshi Fukumoto (right), Vice President and Executive Officer of Hitachi Construction Machinery sign for establishment.

the group company of European Hitachi Construction Machinery’s distributor Kiesel GmbH (President: Toni Kiesel), to establish a new company
for developing electric construction machinery and the special application products for further expansion of the European market. Continue reading “Establishment of a Joint Venture Company to Develop Electric Construction Machinery for European Market”

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”

Hitachi excavators tackle confined spaces

Hitachi has presented two new products at the Intermat exhibition in Paris, France.

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The ZX210LC-6 telescopic arm excavator

The ZX135US-6 sliding arm excavator is designed for deep excavation projects in confined spaces. Hitachi said it can dig deeper than a 30 t standard model and has a significantly smaller footprint, which makes it ideal for urban projects. Continue reading “Hitachi excavators tackle confined spaces”