Komatsu announces new VP for mining

Komatsu has appointed Dan Funcannon as the new head of large mining trucks globally.

Funcannon replaces Erik Wilde as VP of Komatsu America, and will responsible for mining throughout North America, and for 200 ton and larger mining trucks globally.

He began his career as a design engineer at the company more than two decades ago, and recently served as the director of engineering for large mining trucks.

Funcannon also oversaw new-product research and development projects, including new AC drive haul trucks, autonomous technology adoption into large mining trucks, and innovations to mining trucks that improve safety, quality, reliability and productivity.

“This mining environment is no time to retreat and hope the storm passes. Komatsu will press forward with leading technologies like autonomous trucks and innovative mine optimization tools that can help our customers be more efficient now and prepare them for the future,” Funcannon said.

Komatsu has recently seen a spate of activity, unveiling a new mining shovel/excavator, the 700 tonne PC7000 and releasing a new ultra class electric drive haul truck in Australia in the last few weeks.

Last month it also acquired fellow mining machinery manufacturer Joy Global for US$3.7 billion.

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