Komatsu commence work on new Pilbara facility

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Komatsu’s new service centre in the Pilbara, Western Australia will replace its current Port Hedland branch and is scheduled to be opened in late 2014.

Komatsu commence work on new Pilbara facility
Komatsu Australia General Manager WA and NT John Andretich addresses guests at the ground-breaking ceremony for Komatsu’s new facility in Port Hedland, Western Australia.

The ground-breaking ceremony was held on February 25.

Komatsu says its new 1300 sqm facility will replace the existing Port Hedland branch in servicing North Western Australia’s massive iron ore mining industry.

The new centre has been designed to handle rebuilds of ultra-class mining equipment including up to 290 tonne capacity 930E electric drive dump trucks and WA1200 wheel loaders.

The new facility will feature:

  • Two high bay mining spec workshops
  • A washbay
  • 7000 sqm yard
  • 25 tonne capacity overhead crane
  • Parts warehouse

Komatsu Australia Managing Director Sean Taylor says the Pilbara is a world class mining precinct which represents a significant portion of the company’s business.

"It’s home to our autonomous haulage fleet, and has one of the largest population of electric drive mining dump trucks anywhere in the world," he says.

"It makes sense that we continue to invest in our capacity and capability in the Pilbara to ensure we continue to provide the support our customers are asking for."

Taylor adds the company is also investing heavily in technical training so its customers are well taken care of.

In addition to the yet-to-be-constructed facility, Komatsu also has a branch in Newman to service the East Pilbara region.

The new Port Hedland branch is the latest in a series of expansion projects by Komatsu Australia which includes a Mackay mining assembly facilities expansion completed in 2013 and a Perth mining assembly facility expansion completed in 2013.

In addition to the Port Hedland facility, construction of a new Perth parts distribution centre and a Fairfield National head office is also underway.

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