Komatsu unveils upgraded Mackay facility

By: Carene Chong

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Construction machinery giant Komatsu has recently opened the doors of its newly upgraded assembly facility in Mackay, Queensland as part of a nationwide expansion program.

Komatsu unveils upgraded Mackay facility
Komatsu staff at the opening of the company's newly upgraded Mackay premise

According to the company, the multi-million dollar upgrade is one of its largest investments in the country and is the first of a two phase expansion in the region.

The new facility acts as the only assembly location in the country for Komatsu’s largest truck, the 960E which has a haulage capacity of 330 tonnes and is powered by a 78 litre, V18 engine.

Komatsu Australia Managing Director Sean Taylor says the expansion marks a significant milestone for the company.

"The central Queensland fleet of 960Es is the largest anywhere in the world, and as such our investment in Mackay is of global significance to Komatsu," he says.

Some key elements of the upgraded facility, Komatsu says, include:

  • Assembly capacity of 960E trucks increased by 75 per cent.
  • Installation of a new paint shop capable of painting ultra-clss mining machines.
  • Creation of a WA1200 assembly bay. The WA1200 is Komatsu’s largest wheel loader and Australia accounts for over half of the global production of the loader each year.
  • New staff amenities
  • Site designed to the highest safety and environmental standards.

The second phase of the expansion program will see a new customer support facility being set up in the town of Paget, Mackay. Work has started on the expansion and completion is expected in early 2014.

The new customer support site will feature a bigger parts warehouse, a service workshop, a track shop, a washbay, and sales and customer support offices.

Komatsu Australia Queensland General Manager Dean Gaedtke says the investment in customer support reflected the company’s focus on putting customers at the centre of the business.

The initial stage of Komatsu’s national expansion program began with the commissioning of the company’s state-of-the-art assembly, reman and service facility in Wacol, Brisbane in April 2012 which was followed by significant investments in Perth and a new national training centre in Brisbane.

Further plans moving forward involve expansions in Port Hedland and Sydney later this year.

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