Hitachi modernizes European mini excavator manufacturing unit

Hitachi modernizes European mini excavator manufacturing unit


July 2018

Hitachi Construction Machinery (Europe) NV (HCME), Oosterhout, The Netherlands, recently opened its renovated mini and compact excavator manufacturing unit in Oosterhout. The new eight,000-sq.-m. facility was unveiled in a special ceremony in June, which was attended by vital Hitachi clients and HCME employees.

The substantial modernization method, which commenced in January 2018, is predicted to enrich performance at the manufacturing unit that is responsible for producing the ZX10 to ZX85 designs, the company claims. It also can assist fulfill the growing demand from customers for Hitachi mini and compact excavators across Europe.

“We have by now doubled our output since 2014 from 2,five hundred to 5,000 equipment by 2018,” stated Marco Verhoef, manufacturing unit typical supervisor. “The renovation of the manufacturing unit was necessary to assist us increase additional and will allow us to create much more than seven,000 equipment per yr, in accordance to sector demand from customers.”

As part of the enhance, a point out-of-the-art, semi-automatic assembly line has been put in, as very well as new machines and paint booths. The personnel at the manufacturing unit have adopted the”‘takt time” strategy, which usually means completing an activity inside of a certain quantity of time and effects in an optimum do the job stream. Inventory also has been reduced by adhering to the kanban process of lean manufacturing.

“Thanks to all of our devoted personnel, we now have a thoroughly redesigned and modernized manufacturing unit, and are really happy of what we have achieved. We are prepared for the long term, to source much more equipment at shorter shipping times and lower prices,” Verhoef stated.


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