Hitachi upgrades European parts warehouse to meet growing demand

Hitachi parts warehouse

HITACHI Construction Machinery (Europe) (HCME) has upgraded its European warehouse in Oosterhout, Netherlands in response to growing demand for high-quality spare parts.

The manufacturer revealed that the number of parts stored in stock at the facility has grown from 68,800 in 2015 to approximately 80,000 in 2024. HCME expects this number to continue to rise and has designed a ‘future-proof’ modernised warehouse.

The company worked with Neovia, a specialist in third-party contract logistics, to maximise the use of the 28,000m2 building. Before the upgrade, the site had 73,000 locations to store parts. This has risen to 110,000 locations, with a focus on the large components required for mining machines, hoses and piping, as well as fast-moving items.

Hitachi parts warehouse

The remodelling of the warehouse, which has taken two years to complete, has increased storage capacity with more dedicated bins and racks for certain parts. This, HCME explained, has improved the accuracy of the picking process, and created additional space for larger, more expensive parts to be stored securely.

“The European mining market is currently booming and driving the increased demand for parts that we are experiencing,” said Hans Lam, manager parts logistics at HCME.

“During the modernisation process, we maintained a high level of service to both dealers and customers, ensuring the consistent and reliable parts supply they would expect from HCME. And now we have a state-of-the-art fulfilment centre, that will continue to meet their needs in the years to come.”