Hyundai Heavy Industries, in collaboration with the construction machinery manufacturers Italian dealer Hitex, supplied two machines, for four months free of charge, to help with the clearing and reconstruction in the areas affected by the earthquake in central Italy.

Wednesday August 24, 2016, a violent 6.2 magnitude earthquake shook central Italy and claimed 297 lives. The epicentre was located near Accumoli, 75 km southeast of Perugia and 45 km north of L’Aquila. Since then several earthquakes have followed, resulting in even more casualties and damage.

Hyundai Heavy Industries Europe, with the backing of local Hyundai dealer Hitex, took the decision to offer assistance with the clean-up and reconstruction of the affected areas by offering two machines to the Il Corpo Nazionale dei Vigile del Fuoco – a R60CR-9A crawler excavator and a HL757-9A wheeled loader for four-months at no cost.

The machines were delivered to the headquarters of the Fire Brigade of Cittareale (Rieti), a town of medieval origins dating back to 1261 AD on 27th October 2016.

“Hyundai and Hitex were honoured to be able to contribute to the clean-up and reconstruction of this Italian city by providing two machines,” says Hyundai Heavy Industries managing director, Alain Worp. “This earthquake has devastated a community – we are proud to have been able to help in a small way – and watch with great admiration as these people rebuild their lives and homes.”

The HL757-9A wheel loader is one of six models in the Hyundai’s -9 series of machines with operating weight between 9 and 33.5 tons, with bucket capacities of 1.8 to 6 m³. The HL757-9A has a weight capacity of 14,700 kg and a bucket capacity of 2.8 m³.

The Hyundai R60CR-9A compact excavator, like all machines in the A series, helps to maximize profitability by improving fuel economy and by delivering advanced maintenance functions and highly resistant components.