The 1000th machine has been delivered by the Hitachi dealer in Région Limousin SMTL to the Persiani quarry in Bort les Orgues on the 21st of July 2005.
The business start in France as New Hitachi European operation in January 2003.
New Hitachi people in France were very happy to meet many old Hitachi customers who purchased machines in the 80s through Equipco.
Since April 2005, HCME (Hitachi Construction Machinery Europe N.V.) France Liaison office became France Branch and full territory was covered by 3 new dealers, a further progress in French market is expected in short time.
Source: HCME France Branch
The people on the picture are (from left to right) Eric Valtou (Opérator) , Philippe Persiani (Quarry Manager), Frédéric Monteil (SMTL Manager), Takuya Kawamoto (Hitachi Construction Machinery Europe, France Branch, General Manager) and Michel Monteil (SMTL General Manager)