Komatsu milestone

IT IS 50 years for Komatsu in Australia, with the Japanese domiciled mining equipment maker growing from a small distribution operations selling a few dozen machines to a company with 41 branches across the country and more than 2000 employees.
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Noel Dyson

Komatsu Australia managing director Sean Taylor said he was proud of how the company had grown in the past 50 years.

“Our equipment has been at the front and centre of many significant infrastructure developments and mining activities over the past five decades, helping our customers to complete large-scale projects that have contributed to the sustainable economic growth of Australia,” he said.

To celebrate the achievement Komatsu is giving every customer who buys a new piece of equipment from September 1 to January 1 2016 a chance to win a return trip, including accommodation, to Bauma Expo, which is being held in Munich, Germany from April 11-17.

A Komatsu customer will be drawn from each Komatsu region mining a winner from Queensland, New South Wales and New Zealand. The other Komatsu regions are the Southern Region comprising Tasmania and South Australia and the Western Region made up of Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

Through the remainder of 2015 Komatsu will be highlighting key moments in the company’s history and growth in Australia and the earliest machines sold – some of which are still operating.

Komatsu has come a long way from its early days in Australia.

In August 1965 Le Tourneau Westinghouse was appointed nationwide distributor and Komatsu started selling products into Australia.

“The reason we’ve been able to prosper here in Australia is our commitment to quality, reliability and innovation of our machines and technologies,” Taylor said.