HITACHI BOLSTERS INVESTMENT IN GUNNEDAH REGION
Grand opening at Gunnedah HCA branch
For several years, Hitachi Construction Machinery Australia (HCA) and Whitehaven Coal have maintained a longstanding successful partnership in the Gunnedah region which only continues to strengthen, providing incentives for further investment in the region with the opening of a new Hitachi facility in Gunnedah earlier this year.
In addition to supplying new machinery, Hitachi Gunnedah provides ongoing parts and service support to the growing population of mining equipment in the region and manages strong relationships not only with Whitehaven Coal but also other major customers and local industries. The Gunnedah facility signifies HCA’s commitment for long-term growth within the mining industry and regional New South Wales.
Employees at Hitachi Gunnedah have also had their hard work recognised, being nominated for the Outstanding Supplier award as part of the NSW Mining Industry and Supplier Awards.
Hitachi Gunnedah's parts and services manager Matthew Bradley said the branch was "certainly pleased" a member of the community had nominated them for the award.
"Everyone in the branch puts in as much as they can give to the [mining] industry and it's something we're all pretty passionate about."
Mr Bradley and his team service about 90 pieces of machinery in the area, with Whitehaven's Maules Creek coal mine owning about 65 of these.
NSW Minerals Council chief executive officer Stephen Galilee said the awards "acknowledge key contributors to the important role of mining in NSW".
"The contributions made by our award finalists are critical to the ongoing pursuit of excellence in our industry and showcase some of the best our state mining sector has to offer," Mr Galilee said.
NSW Minerals Council's Stephen Galilee said that the awards highlighted the importance of mining in fostering growth in regional communities by providing jobs and investment.
"Our Industry and Suppliers' Awards highlight the vital role mining plays in NSW, particularly the contribution our industry makes to regional communities. We had outstanding entries for the awards this year, reflecting the quality of our state's world-class mining sector," Mr Galilee said.
During the Gunnedah branch opening, the local community and customers enjoyed an afternoon viewing the machines on display and were welcomed with complimentary food and drinks.
HCA’s General Manager of Mining Eric Green says the business we continue ‘to invest in new facilities to show all mining and construction equipment customers that we want to continue our support for their current and planned new fleets of equipment’ he said.