Hitachi to rebadge Mecalac compact wheeled loaders

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Hitachi Construction Machinery (Europe) (HCME) has announced that it has entered into an OEM agreement with Mecalac Baumaschinen (Mecalac). The agreement covers the manufacture of compact articulated wheeled loaders complying with EU emissions Stage IIIB by Mecalac at its factory in Büdelsdorf, Germany.

“HCME is continuously striving to offer the most reliable solution to our existing and prospective customers across all of our European territories,” said HCME’s president and CEO, Moriaki Kadoya. “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.”

Three new high-performance models – ranging from 4.9 to 5.4 metric tons – are included within the agreement: the ZW65-6, ZW75-6 and ZW95-6. These will be sold under the Hitachi brand in its distinctive orange color through HCME’s authorised dealer network.

All machines offer a self-stabilizing articulated pendulum joint that increases the stability and allows for a perfect driving experience, 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 for unconditional traction of all wheels, even when working on rough ground. Each model is equipped with a mono-boom, which provides excellent all-round visibility on busy job sites.

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

October 9, 2015

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