The formal opening of a renovated mini and compact excavator factory by Hitachi Construction Equipment (Europe) – HCME – has taken area in Oosterhout, the Netherlands.
The new 8,000m2 facility is element of a modernisation programme which started in January this yr. Hitachi claimed that it would mean increased effectiveness at the factory that is liable for creating the ZX10 to ZX85 styles.
It claimed it would also satisfy the expanding demand from customers for Hitachi mini and compact excavators throughout Europe.
The factory’s typical supervisor, Marco Verhoef, claimed, “We have currently doubled our output because 2014 from 2,500 to five,000 devices by 2018.
“The renovation of the factory was necessary to support us grow even further, and will help us to develop a lot more than seven,000 devices per yr, in accordance to sector demand from customers.”
Hitachi claimed that as element of the up grade, a point out-of-the-artwork, semi-automatic assembly line had been set up, as properly as new tools and paint booths.
The staff members at the factory have also adopted the “takt time” method, which the corporation claimed meant finishing an activity inside of a sure total of time, ensuing in an optimum do the job circulation. Stock has also been lowered by pursuing the kanban strategy of lean manufacturing.
The formal opening was marked with confetti unveiled by HCME president and CEO Makoto Yamazawa, and director manufacturing and procurement Kazutoshi Yoshioka.
Verhoef thanked the factory’s a hundred employees for their exertion and resilience in new months. Production at the web page had continued in the course of the 6-month renovation programme.
He claimed, “Thanks to all of our focused staff, we now have a completely redesigned and modernised factory, and are incredibly happy of what we have accomplished. We are completely ready for the potential, to offer a lot more devices at shorter supply occasions and reduce fees.”