Katowice bound

Not only is Poland a remarkable country in itself, but in recent times it’s also invested heavily in its infrastructure. This improved connectivity is certainly noticeable upon flying into Katowice Airport, in the south of the country. This made an excellent first impression on RED representatives Andy and Jon, who were working on behalf Hitachi Construction Machinery (Europe) NV (HCME).

A holiday camp on the Odra river

The guys had a busy schedule, firstly to a remarkable holiday camp near the border with the Czech Republic. On the idyllic banks of the Odra river, it welcomes over 3,000 visitors during the high season. A Hitachi ZX19-5 mini excavator was looking at home down the narrow alleyways that separated the unique cottages on site. It has been purchased by Elkop, which is using the machine to replace electric cabling in the area.

Route E75

Next up was a visit to JawTrans, a company that are really at the forefront of Poland’s drive to improve its transport links. It is using a ZX350LC-6 excavator to finish a 50km section of the A1 ‘autostrada’ highway. This road actually forms part of the colossal route E75, which begins in Norway and ends 5,600km (3,500 miles) later on the island of Crete!


As regular readers of our blog will know, the RED team are always keen to immerse themselves in local culture. Among the Polish highlights were fiery pizzas, black burger buns, and trips to downtown Bytom and Katowice. A huge thanks to Tona (HCME’s Polish dealer) and its customers for making us feel so welcome.

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