KOMATSU Ltd is building a new manufacturing plant in Kanazawa, Japan, for the construction of its PC4000 400-tonne class mining excavators and shovels.
The PC4000 is the largest hydraulic excavator/shovel produced by Komatsu in Japan.
With expanding demand globally for construction and mining equipment, Komatsu has been strengthening its production capacity by building new plants in Japan and other regions, as well as increasing capacity at existing plants, said President and CEO Kunio Noji.
“Komatsu believes that demand for its large equipment will continue to increase into the future, driven by thriving resource development activities worldwide,” he said.
“At present, Komatsu Mining Germany GmbH, our wholly owned subsidiary based in Dusseldorf, Germany, and our Rokko Plant in Kobe, Japan produce super-large hydraulic mining excavators.
“With the addition of this new plant, we will be further expanding our production capacity,” said Noji.
He highlighted two key reasons for building the new plant in Kanazawa: the improved capabilities of the Port of Kanazawa as an international cargo port and a high concentration in in Ishikawa prefecture — where Komatsu was originally established — of key suppliers to the company.
“As with other new plants we have recently opened in Japan, it was decided to build the new plant adjacent to the port in order to substantially cut down on-land transportation costs and CO2 emissions,” Noji said.