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03 August 2015

UK plant hire company’s significant investment in Hitachi fleet

First published31/07/2015
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Hitachi ZX140W-5 wheeled excavator
A Hitachi ZX140W-5 wheeled excavator
In its largest order with Hitachi Construction Machinery (UK) (HCMUK) to date, Keyway has purchased 96 new machines, bringing the total of Hitachi models in its fleet to more than 400 units.

The new deliveries between April and August 2015 range from two to 35tonne excavators, including several short-tail swing models, and the company’s first wheeled excavator, the ZX140W-5.

The nationwide plant-hire company is also considering the purchase of two ZH210LC-5 hybrid excavators; six ZW-5 wheeled loaders and several other Zaxis-5 wheeled excavators. The order could be extended up to 150 machines before the end of March 2016.

This significant investment coincides with Keyway’s plans to open a new facility in Avonmouth, south-west England, which will be perfectly located to serve the Bristol market. The family-run business, established in 1966, focuses mainly on the south-west England from its depot in Gloucester.

Part of the McGurk Group, Keyway specialises in operated and self-drive plant hire, supplies aggregates, and offers earthmoving, demolition and recycling, transport and waste removal services. More than 200 people are employed in its construction-related activities, which make up half of the McGurk Group’s £50 million annual turnover.

Keyway founder Eamonn McGurk says: “We’ve seen a 30-40% growth, through acquisitions and widening our geographical reach, all along the M5 to the south coast of England, across the south-west. We work on between 100 and 200 projects at any one time nationwide.

“Our work on the nuclear plant at Hinckley Point and for the Environment Agency requires highly efficient low-emission machines, such as Zaxis-5 excavators. Working on housing sites also requires machines with the cleanest emissions possible.”

Several factors were involved in Keyway’s decision to strengthen its Hitachi fleet, including brand recognition, quality of the machines and the after-sales support provided by HCMUK. “

Service and maintenance are mostly carried out in-house, but some Keyway machines are registered on contracts with HCMUK.

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