The ZX48U-5 mini, and ZX135US-5 and ZX225USRLC-5 medium excavators will be used at the Heavy Plant Training Centre at the college’s Llangefni campus to train local people for work at the planned Wylfa nuclear power station on Anglesey.
HM Plant is owned by Hitachi Construction Machinery (Europe) NV (HCME). The Wylfa project will be built by another Hitachi company, Horizon Nuclear Power.
HM Plant and HCME have said that they are committed to work with local organisations to help ensure an effective supply chain is in place for Horizon, and for other projects in the region.
HM Plant vice president Motsomu Sue said: “These new Hitachi Zaxis-5 machines are fully equipped with the latest advanced technology in both hydraulic and electronic systems, as well as featuring engines with the latest environmental emission requirements.
“Therefore, they fit perfectly into Coleg Menai’s commitment to providing the training in technology required for industry now, and in the years to come. Hitachi’s motto is ‘Inspire the Next’, and through this partnership, we aim to help inspire the next generation by using the latest innovations from our market-leading range of construction machinery.”
College principal, Dafydd Evans said: “We are really grateful to HM Plant and HCME for supplying these superb excavators and their readiness to develop a partnership with the college. Their support will enable us to provide a training facility equipped to the standard only available at world-class civil engineering training centres, and puts Coleg Menai at the heart of providing skills and training that are second to none.”