Lower Hutt construction machinery technician: Best in the Asia Pacific Region

Posted on: Friday, 7 September 2018

CablePrice Wellington technician Levi Webster has won the 2018 Hitachi Top Technician Asia Pacific regional final and will now compete in the world final in October.

Levi, who is based at Gracefield, represented CablePrice (NZ) Ltd at the competition last week in Singapore. He will now represent both CablePrice and Hitachi Construction Machinery Asia & Pacific (HMAP) at the world final in Japan on October 10 and 11th.

CablePrice is the New Zealand distributor and technical support for Hitachi construction machinery. It has a proud history in the 11 years the Asia Pacific competition has been running, with its technicians qualifying for the world final seven times and winning twice. 

During this year’s competition, Levi was up against five other technicians including, for the first time, representatives from Myanmar and the Philippines. The event was based around Hitachi’s ZX200-5G range of excavators. 

On the first day, competitors were presented with faulty machines and had 90 minutes to diagnose, repair their machine and offer solutions to ensure minimum downtime. Levi was the only technician to complete this task and had to cope with the challenging conditions of 35˚C and 100% humidity. 

The second day was devoted to machinery theory and again Levi performed extremely well, despite only working for CablePrice for five years. He was named the winner of the HMAP Regional Final for Hitachi Top Technician at a prize giving event that evening and is now preparing for the final in Tokyo. 

“We are very proud of Levi and excited about his opportunity to go to Japan. The Asia Pacific win is great recognition of how hard Levi has worked and prepared and his real commitment to his trade,” said James Magill, CablePrice Wellington Operations Manager.