Komatsu's Mackay milestone

KOMATSU has opened its upgraded facility in Mackay, marking the close of the first phase of a two-part expansion in the Queensland mining hotspot.

Noel Dyson

The upgraded Connors Road facility is the only Australian assembly location for Komatsu’s largest truck, the 960E.

Key elements of the multi-million dollar expansion included:

  • increasing assembly capacity of 960E trucks by 75%
  • installing a paintshop capable of painting ultra-class mining machines
  • creating an assembly bay for the WA1200 wheel loader
  • new staff amenities such as lunchrooms and changerooms.

In addition to upgrade, Komatsu has started works at a second location in Paget, which will become its customer support facility when completed in 2014.

That site will feature a parts warehouse that is close to double the size of the existing one at Mackay; a service workshop; track shop; washbay; and sales and customer support offices.

Komatsu’s Mackay expansion forms part of its largest ever investment in Australia.

The first stage of the national expansion program began with the commissioning of Komatsu’s start-of-the-art assembly and service facility in Brisbane, Queensland, last year.

That was followed by significant investments in Perth, Western Australia, and a national training centre in Brisbane.

These will be followed by further expansions in Port Hedland, WA, and Sydney, New South Wales, this year.