BHE launches new HL 660 wheel loader

Business Bhutan - - Business - Kr­ishna Ghal­ley from Phuentshol­ing

Bhutan Hyundai Equip­ments (BHE) launched newly man­u­fac­tured HL

660 wheel loader in Phuentshol­ing last week.

Man­u­fac­tured by Hyundai Mo­tor Com­pany and cost­ing around Nu 4.5mn, the wheel loader, ac­cord­ing to the BHE of­fi­cials, would mostly ben­e­fit the in­dus­tries. The ma­chine can lift up to five met­ric tons and would ease in lift­ing things like raw ma­te­ri­als and soil for con­struc­tion com­pa­nies.

Un­like other ma­chines, the HL 660 de­vel­oped in Hyundai’s man­u­fac­tur­ing plant in China, is re­port­edly also easy to op­er­ate. The ma­chine is also as­sured of easy main­te­nance and avail­abil­ity of spare parts.

BHE, dur­ing the launch, handed over the ma­chine to their first two cus­tomers - Bhutan Car­bide and Chem­i­cals Limited (BCCL) and Tashi Met­als Limited.

BHE’s Sr. Gen­eral Man­ager Pema Lo­day said the com­pany is re­ceiv­ing more in­quiries and or­ders from oth­ers be­cause of its fea­tures.

“BCCL has or­dered two ma­chines and one will be handed over next week. Be­cause of the rea­son­able price, easy main­te­nance and suit­abil­ity for a coun­try like ours, the ma­chine is ex­pected to get a good mar­ket,” he said.

And with ex­ist­ing ma­chines of other brands al­ready in the coun­try, the dealer com­pany is also look­ing for feed­backs from new cus­tomers. “Since Hyundai’s ma­chines are not much in Bhutan, peo­ple can test dif­fer­ent brands suit­ing our needs,” Pema Lo­day said.

Mean­while, BCCL’s Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer KK Reddy said the com­pany had or­dered two ma­chines to be used at their plant in Pasakha.

He said the ma­chines are well equipped with eas­ier main­te­nance and bet­ter af­ter-sale ser­vices. “It can be used in plants to lift heavy ma­te­ri­als due to its lift­ing ca­pac­ity. It will eco­nom­i­cally ben­e­fit the com­pa­nies,” he added.

Hyundai Equip­ments’ Re­gional Sales Man­ager Binod Ku­mar said the ma­chine is fully mech­a­nized and easy to op­er­ate for Bhutanese cus­tomers.

The 18mt wheel loader can travel 36 kilo­me­ters per hour.

Mean­while, BHE has been deal­ing with Hyundai’s ma­chiner­ies for the past two years. The com­pany is the first heavy ma­chin­ery dealer of Hyundai Mo­tor Com­pany in Bhutan.

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