Hitachi announces factory restructure to increase efficiency
14 March 2017
Hitachi Construction Machinery (Europe) NV (HCME) has announced that it will improve its operational efficiency and competitive supply chain by restructuring its factories in Oosterhout and Amsterdam. The reorganisation is scheduled to be complete by April 2018.
The current Oosterhout factory will focus its entire operation on mini and compact excavators, ranging from one- to eight-tonne capacity. Hitachi’s market share in this segment has risen significantly in recent years. The restructure will help to meet growing demand by increasing production by more than 50%.
Hitachi will also set up a new distribution centre, which together with the Oosterhout factory will serve as a hub for the delivery of mini and compact excavators. Customers will benefit from considerably shorter delivery times thanks to the Kanban production process – a lean manufacturing system aimed at improving overall production efficiency.
Hitachi has made several investments in the Oosterhout factory in recent years, which have vastly improved its overall efficiency and quality standards. Consolidating the production of mini and compact excavators at this location will support the company’s goal of supplying competitive products under more flexible conditions.
In line with the restructure, production of the ZX85 excavator will move from the Amsterdam factory to Oosterhout. Assembly of Hitachi’s special application machines (including demolition, super long front and clamshell telescopic arm excavators) will move to the Amsterdam factory from Oosterhout later this year. HCME is confident that there will be no compulsory redundancies and any permanent staff affected by the restructure will be redeployed elsewhere within the company.
HCME Director Production and Procurement, Kazutoshi Yoshioka, says: “The main objective of the factory restructure is to increase production efficiency and performance in response to growing demand. This is one of the many steps we are taking as a world-leading construction machinery supplier that continuously strives to meet its customers’ needs. I am confident that our competitive position in the market will be enhanced as a result, so that we can continue to be relied upon as a trusted business partner by our customers.”