French manufacturer Mecalac and Hitachi Construction Machinery Europe (HCME) have signed a manufacturing agreement which will see Mecalac build compact articulated wheeled loaders for sale under the Hitachi brand. The machines will be built at Mecalac’s wheeled loader plant in Büdelsdorf, Germany.

HCME’s president and CEO, Moriaki Kadoya said, “HCME is continuously striving to offer the most reliable solution to our existing and prospective customers across all of our European territories. This will provide Hitachi customers with the best technology in this market sector in combination with the consistently high level of after-sales support supplied by HCME’s dealer network.”

The agreement covers three loaders with operating weights form 4.9 to 5.4 tonnes, designated the ZW65-6, ZW75-6 and ZW95-6. These will be sold under the Hitachi brand in its distinctive orange colour through HCME’s authorised dealer network.

Mecalac Group president and CEO Henri Marchetta said, “This range of articulated wheel loaders has been continuously updated and offers the best design on the market. For Mecalac, this cooperation with HCME recognises the technical level of these products, an emphasis on the environment and operator safety, and the overall quality of our production capabilities.”

The loaders offer a self-stabilising articulated pendulum joint that increases the stability, an overall height of less than 2.5m, and a 100% differential lock in the front and rear axles that can be engaged on demand. Each model is equipped with a mono-boom, which provides excellent all-round visibility on busy sites.

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