An official opening ceremony has taken place for the new Hitachi Construction Machinery (Europe) NV (HCME) European Parts Depot. The celebration was held at the Oosterhout facility in the south of The Netherlands and the guest of honour was Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd. (HCM) President Michijiro Kikawa.
Mr Kikawa gave a speech to the other distinguished guests who attended the ceremony, among them Mitsuhiro Tabei, President of HCME. He then presented representatives from the Parts Depot with a special Japanese maple tree, which was planted in front of the building.
In his address, Mr Kikawa emphasised the importance of the new facility, saying: “It is a great honour to officially open this new Parts Depot, and to have the opportunity to join my colleagues from HCME at such an important event in our history.
“The aim of the company investing in this larger, improved facility is to provide the best possible service to our dealers and customers. Parts availability has further increased due to the new facility’s greater capacity and efficiency. This will help Hitachi to boost parts sales and meet the demands of our expanding customer base.”
The 53,000m² depot, which cost €12million, has a covered stock area that is three times the size of the previous Parts Distribution Centre, which was also situated in Oosterhout. It has the capacity to stock up to 90,000 individual parts lines at any one time and will be responsible for distributing them throughout Europe, Middle East, Russia/CIS and Africa. In addition to a special chemical storage area, it includes a 14-metre high storage area for larger items.
Efficiency will be ensured by a dedicated Warehouse Management System, which will guide operatives in unpacking and storing received parts, as well as picking, packing and shipping ordered items. It will employ a total of 70 people, who will have the potential to handle up to 800 packages each day and 70,000 parts items every month.