Hitachi’s ZW-5 wheel loaders

Since the release of Hitachi’s ZW-5 wheel loaders, customers are experiencing the significance of an increase in capacity, efficiency and reliability of Hitachi wheel loaders within the waste and recycling industry. 

The biggest model in the range is the 397 kilowatt ZW550-5 with an operating weight of more than 47 tonnes and bucket capacity of up to 7.2 cubic metres. Other new models in the range are the ZW370-5 (289 kilowatts, 34 tonnes and up to 6.2 cubic metres) and ZW330-5 (213 kilowatts, 27 tonnes and up to 5.0 cubic metres).

The wheel loaders use an automotive-style planetary automatic transmission that allows for smooth shifting. Standard traction control and torque proportioning differentials work to reduce wheel spin and extend tyre life. 

Notable features in the ZW-5 range include a new hydraulic circuit that allows for combined lift arm and bucket operation during unloading, while prioritising bucket use for dumping. An anti-drift valve prevents internal leakage that can cause creeping of the lift arm.  

Operator comfort and safety is a key design consideration across the range, including a sloped ladder with wide steps for ease of access, double-filtered air conditioning and a high level of sound insulation. 

Hitachi wheel loaders are suitable for a wide range of applications across various industries due to their dynamic design, advanced technological features and myriad optional attachments. 

Solid waste market to exceed $340B by 2024

The global solid waste management market is expected to exceed USD 340 billion (AUD452.8) by 2024, according to a new research report from market research firm Global Market Insights Inc.

According to the report, the solid waste management industry has been growing significantly in terms of remuneration, due in part to increasingly stringent regulatory norms and guidelines.

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The European market is also set to grow exponentially as countries like the UK and Germany adopt new recycling technologies and introduce comprehensive directives to lower air pollution and land usage, according to the report.

It estimates the UK solid waste management industry size will surpass a total processing capacity of over 35 million tonnes by 2024.

The region also has been characterised by the interest in waste to energy (WtE) facilities being set up, the report said. Hitachi Zosen Inova AG has also announded recently to build Turkey’s first WtE plant – planned to be the largest WtE project in Europe with the capacity to process 15 per cent of Istanbul’s solid waste per year.

The report also says that companies like Biffa Group, Hitachi, Veolia, Amec Foster Wheeler, E.L. Harvey & Sons, and Stericycle have been focusing on acquiring upcoming companies to fortify their presence in the industry.