The new European parts depot for HCME - Hitachi Construction Machinery (Europe) - has officially been opened.
The 53000 m² depot at Oosterhout, in the southern part of The Netherlands, cost € 12 million. It has a covered stock area that is three times the size of the previous parts distribution centre, which was situated nearby.
It has the capacity to stock up to 90000 individual part 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 m high space for larger items.
A dedicated warehouse management system will guide operatives in unpacking and storing received parts, as well as picking, packing and shipping ordered items. The new depot will employ a total of 70 people, who will have the potential to handle up to 800 packages each day and 70000 parts every month.
Hitachi Construction Machinery Co (HCM) president Michijiro Kikawa said, "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."