In January, the team at the NMHG factory in the Netherlands celebrated a milestone in its 63 year history with the build of the 1000th Hyster ReachStacker.
"This 1000th ReachStacker is very special because it is one of the first Tier 4 final / Stage IV trucks to leave this factory," says Lucien Robroek, Vice President Big Trucks, NACCO Materials Handling Group (NMHG). "This design builds on our reputation of durability and tough trucks."
A leading innovator in big truck design, Hyster reports that its latest big trucks can provide up to 25pc fuel savings for ports and terminals when compared to previous Hyster models and many of its competitors.
"We have 'right sized' the engines and introduced Hyster technologies that deliver profitable low emissions for customers across the world," says Lucien.
International press were invited to a ceremony in January at the NMHG factory in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, where the keys to the 1000th Hyster ReachStacker were handed over to the customer, PCH Packing Center Hamburg Gmbh. It was one of three Hyster RS46-36CH ReachStackers which will be used at PCH in the Port of Hamburg to transport and stack shipping containers in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd row.
The Hyster ReachStacker is well known for its class leading lift speeds, combined motions of lift and boom extension while driving and exceptional reliability, particularly in 24/7 operations. The incredible performance not only helps terminals move containers quickly, the company claims that it is helping increase the financial margins on container handling.
The build of the 1000th Hyster ReachStacker was tracked at the start of the production line, and Hyster shared photos and videos at key stages of the build on social media https://twitter.com/hystereurope
"On behalf of our entire team, we are proud to introduce the 1000th ReachStacker to the production line," said Peter van Sommeren, Manufacturing Operations Manager as the ReachStacker began its journey along the production line at the award winning plant which opened in 1952.
During the press event, journalists were given the opportunity to witness the Total Quality Control (TQC) that runs through the Hyster ReachStacker production line which ends in full functional testing of every unit. The plant's exceptional standards were recognised in 2013 when it achieved the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) Recognised for Excellence 4 Star level.