Paving the way in Belgium

We often take the highways and byways we drive on every day for granted. But did you ever stop to wonder where all the materials involved in roadbuilding come from?

RED representatives Andy and Jon recently teamed up with client Hitachi Construction Machinery (Europe) NV (HCME) on a visit to Belgium, to see how a new ZW310-6 wheel loader was supporting a soil treatment centre in the city of Liège. The site produces 50,000 tonnes of materials for road construction projects annually.

Cutting-edge processes

On the banks of the river Meuse, Envisan – the environmental subsidiary of Jan De Nul – is managing the four-hectare operation. It is using cutting-edge methods to treat sediment that has been dredged from rivers and harbours for reuse. Amazingly, even the most contaminated of deposits can be salvaged to create useful materials for roadbuilding and maintenance.

The Hitachi ZW310-6 is at the heart of the activity on site. It extends the long line of machines that Jan De Nul has purchased from Luyckx, HCME’s authorised dealer in Belgium. It’s rare to hear about such a long-standing partnership – the two companies have worked together for over 30 years!

Going places

Liège is one of Belgium’s most important cities, and an area that’s certainly going places. While on site, the team from RED was also lucky enough to see the recently rebuilt – and incredible – Liège-Guillemins railway station. Movie fans will probably recognise this state-of-the-art structure from its appearance in sci-fi flick Guardians of the Galaxy.

Thank you!

We’d like to thank everyone from HCME, Luyckx and Jan De Nul for their support, and allowing us to document such an inspiring operation.

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