Shannon Valley invests in Hitachi to service thriving local market

Published 27/12, 2018 at 09:50

Shannon Valley has expanded its fleet of Hitachi machinery to keep pace with market growth in the Republic of Ireland.

Based at Donabate, County Dublin, the contractor has bought a wide range of Zaxis-5 and -6 excavators, and ZW-6 wheel loaders, as the number and size of its projects have increased. The company was founded by Michael English in 1991, and now employs Michael’s three sons, Mick, David and Dermot amongst its large workforce.

To have the flexibility to manage large scale projects, Shannon Valley has a large fleet of construction machinery at its disposal. It currently operates a wide range of around 100 excavators (from 1t to 80t), as well as wheel loaders, various trucks, bulldozers, and crushing and screening equipment (among others). Michael purchased his first Hitachi excavator (a UH063) in 1989, and now there are approximately 50 Zaxis excavators and ZW wheel loaders in the fleet. 

“We have bought more than a dozen machines this year, including the ZX48U-5 and ZX33U-5 mini, ZX225USLC-6 and ZX250LC-6 medium and ZX690LCH-6 large excavators,” says David English.  “Dublin is buoyant and we have other site development work being carried out in the south of the country. This is a highly competitive market, in which every penny counts and the deadlines are always tight. We have continued to buy Hitachi machines, because the whole range is strong, particularly the large excavators for their durability and reliability. Some of our operators prefer Hitachi excavators because they are smoother to operate and more precise than other brands. We have also found that Hitachi wheel loaders are trouble free and have developed well over the years. Hitachi equipment is easy to maintain and we have an excellent working relationship with our dealer TBF Thompson (a sub-dealer of Hitachi Construction Machinery UK).”

Shannon Valley provides an array of solutions, ranging from demolition and road construction, to bulk excavation and drainage. As well as construction related activities, there are also plant hire, haulage and quarrying services available within the Shannon Valley Group. In addition to these activities, Shannon Valley is responsible for the blasting, excavating, crushing and screening of L Behan Aggregates & Recycling Ltd’s quarry at Rathcoole, which is an invaluable source of high quality, low sulphur limestone that is used as aggregates for foundations and drainage work.

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