Tata Hitachi Construction Machinery launches the ZAXIS 220 LC – GI Series hydraulic excavator.Tata Hitachi’s Global Initiative, the Zaxis 220 LC – GI Series hydraulic excavator, was recently rolled out at Hyderabad in the presence of a distinguished gathering of customers and Tata Hitachi officials. The large audience attending the event which was held at Taj Deccan appreciated the novel features and offerings of the new product. The Zaxis 220 LC will roll out of Tata Hitachi’s plant at Kharagpur, West Bengal, which is one of the biggest state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in India.Tata Hitachi, formerly known as Telcon (originally a division of Tata Motors), has been in the forefront of the construction equipment business since the early 1960s. A technical collaboration with Hitachi Construction Machinery (HCM) Japan started in 1984 for the manufacture of world class hydraulic excavators in India. The construction equipment business was made an independent entity in 1999 and over the years HCM acquired stake in this entity (currently at 60 per cent, the rest being with Tata Motors). Telcon is now Tata Hitachi Construction Machinery Company. The new brand identity was launched on December 4, 2012.Tata Hitachi has the widest range of hydraulic excavators with more than 30 models starting from 2T up to 800T capacity, catering to mining, construction, quarrying and other infrastructure applications.While the Zaxis series excavators address the cutting edge technology segment, the popular EX series is widely accepted in the market for cost- effectiveness, easy maintainability and low operating costs.Over the last five decades, the company has always been at the forefront in providing the latest technology, features and customisation to the discerning Indian customer. The Zaxis series of excavators exemplifies this. With pioneering offerings in the hydraulic excavator range, Tata Hitachi has consistently broken new barriers in the evolution of the CE industry in the country.Again, in keeping with its stature as the trendsetter in the industry, Tata Hitachi is now proud to introduce its Zaxis GI series of hydraulic excavators in India, through the launch of the new Tata Hitachi Zaxis 220 LC, a 20 T class tracked hydraulic excavator. The new Zaxis GI series from Tata Hitachi have taken the Zaxis technology to the next level through its features and offerings. The new Zaxis 220 LC is powered by an Isuzu engine which delivers a huge 170 PS output (14 per cent higher), for achieving higher production in tight job schedules. HIOS-III (Human Intelligence Operating System), which is the latest in hydraulic technology offering from Hitachi across the globe, coupled with the Isuzu engine has helped in increasing the fuel efficiency by 10 per cent and in swifter operations. Zaxis 220 LC has been designed with a rock solid undercarriage, sturdy upper structure and reinforcements on front attachments which have resulted in enhanced durability. The operators’ cabin has been designed with special focus on operators comfort, safety and ergonomics.Zaxis GI series features such as on board ICX (Data Controller) and Global e- service, enable data downloads, machine location identification and machine maintenance and performance monitoring by the customer. Features such as Auto Idle, Power Modes, Work Modes and longer change intervals of consumables enable the customers in achieving significant savings in operating costs. Zaxis 220 LC also goes green, by its environment friendly ISUZU engine conforming to US EPS Tier-2 and European EC Tier-2 standards, and consumes optimum fuel as per the work requirement.With the launch of the Zaxis GI series, the Indian construction scenario would take a quantum leap into a new dimension of excavation work in Infrastructure applications. The Zaxis GI series of excavators will mark the beginning of a new era for Tata Hitachi as ZX 220 LC will cater to the Indian as well as the global construction equipment markets through exports.