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Posted: Monday 14th October 2013

Hitachi Capital Commercial Vehicle Solutions has supplied a modified ZW150 Loading Shovel, which has been specifically customised for cake disposal at a Southern Water site in Ashford.

Successful implementation of the new plant could potentially lead to roll out across a five further sites within Southern Water.

The all-wheel-drive Hitachi ZW150 was specifically shipped by HM Plant from Hitachi in Japan, and subsequently modified with a bespoke high-reach tipping-bucket, created by third party specialist Ulrich, based in Hull.

Southern Water approached Hitachi Capital to supply a machine to load cake on to trucks for removal from site and the team at Ashford worked closely with Hitachi Capital to develop the bespoke model.

Jon Lawes, divisional managing director at Hitachi Capital Commercial Vehicle Services, added: “Working with our customers to ensure they have the solution they need against specific needs is top of our priorities. While the ZW150 is the perfect vehicle for the job, the bucket required was a custom-built solution from a third party partner and ensures we have delivered a strong end product for Southern Water.”

While Hitachi Capital, who fulfilled the contract, and HM Plant, who provided the hardware, are both owned by the same umbrella organisation, they operate as completely separate entities. As such, both companies relished the chance to work with each other. Jon Lawes concludes: “It is always satisfying providing the perfect solution for a customer; but even more so when we are able to work cross-departmental with our sister companies and see a fully branded Hitachi vehicle supplied.”

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