The 53,000m² depot, which cost €12m (£10,4m), 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 14m-high storage area for larger items.
The guest of honour was Hitachi Construction Machinery president Michijiro Kikawa, who gave a speech and presented a a special Japanese maple tree that traditionally signifies creativity, ambition and success in Japan.
“The aim of the company investing in this larger, improved facility is to provide the best possible service to our dealers and customers,” said Kikawa. “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.”
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.