Situated on the shore of the Gulf of Finland, Helsinki has long been attractive to both tourists and residents. It also regularly tops polls of the most ‘liveable’ places in the world. However, to maintain its global reputation, the city depends on the vibrancy of its construction activities.
On behalf of our client Hitachi Construction Machinery (Europe) NV (HCME), Andy and Glenn flew over to see a new ZW370-6 being taken for a road test. The large wheel loader was being put through its paces by local aggregates supplier Nieminen Sora Oy, which delivers approximately one million tonnes of materials to the city every year.
The ZW370-6 was busy in a quarry in Hausjärvi, which produces red granite – used mainly for building traffic islands. In a region where temperatures can sometimes drop to as low as -30°C, it was also great to see that the company is happily supported by authorised local dealer Rotator.
Due to the limited amount of daylight at the time, the visit was also quite an interesting challenge for the RED team. With the sun rising at 9.30am and beginning to set at 2.30pm, it meant that Andy and Glenn had to work quickly to capture the usual mix of great photography and written materials.
All the while, an abundance of wildlife thrived in the woods overlooking the quarry, such as reindeer, rabbits and… wolves! Perhaps this also helped the guys work a little bit quicker? Another highlight of an incredible trip included a rooftop visit to the Hotel Torni, which overlooks Helsinki. It was for a time the tallest building in Finland.
As always, we couldn’t have done it alone. A huge thank you goes to everyone at Rotator, Nieminen and HCME for arranging this unique expedition.
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