Hitachi Wins If Award 15/03/2008

At the internationally recognized IF Design awards in Hanover this year, some the biggest players in the construction industry showcased their biggest developments. They were awarded prizes in over 35 different companies for product innovation and technology design. One of the many international manufacturers awarded for quality construction equipment and innovative range of products was Hitachi Construction Machinery Co. Ltd. With 11 awards handed out in the product design award for the transportation category, Hitachi were pleased to announce they were one of the 11 others also chosen for the award.


The manufacturer received the IF product design award for its range of Zaxis-3 Hitachi excavators. The Hitachi Zaxis-3 excavators have made a big impact on the market since their introduction in 2007. The giant excavators have several technological advances including powerful, new durable engines which bring greater digging capabilities and faster travel speed. The Zaxis-3 Hitachi excavators are also further advanced with a wider oscillation angle of up to 16 percent that increases the level of stability and grip on the surface. The Zaxis-3 range also features a stronger cab structure, an L-shaped pillar is a key part of this design and offers the operator increased protection.


The IF awards date back to 1954 and usually attract over 2,292 entries a year. The jury is comprised of top international designers, and the award itself gives a special iF status and means manufacturers are allowed to use the iF quality label. The manager of Hitachi Construction Machinery Raymond Hendriks said of the award that the jury outlined that the design of the Zaxis-3 hydraulic Hitachi excavators conveyed strength and credibility. Hendriks said they also highlighted enhanced productivity, durability and reliability as reasons behind their decision. The Zaxis-3 range include the ZX140W-3, ZX170W-3, ZX190W-3 and the ZX10W-3, the wheeled excavator models were developed in line with the Zaxis-3 crawler excavators.



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