Komatsu celebrates 50 years with Bauma prize

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Komatsu is celebrating 50 years of supplying earthmoving, mining, construction and utility equipment to Australia this year, and is marking the occasion by sending six of its customers to next year’s Bauma Expo in Munich, Germany.

Komatsu celebrates 50 years with Bauma prize
An old Komatsu dozer.

During its time in Australia Komatsu has grown from a small distribution operation selling just a few dozen machines to a company with 41 branches across the country and over 2,000 employees. 

"We’re so proud to see how Komatsu has grown in Australia over the last 50 years," Komatsu Australia managing director Sean Taylor says.

"Our equipment has been at the front and centre of many significant infrastructure developments and mining activities over the last five decades, helping our customers to complete large-scale projects that have contributed to the sustainable economic growth of Australia."

Every customer who buys a new piece of Komatsu equipment from now until 1 January 2016 will go into the draw to win a return trip — including accommodation — to the Bauma Expo, which is to be held in Munich, Germany, from 11-17 April 2016 (conditions apply).

Komatsu says one winner will be drawn from each of Komatsu’s six regions — Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Southern region (Tasmania and South Australia), Western region (Western Australia and the Northern Territory) and New Zealand.

Throughout this year Komatsu is also highlighting the key moments in its Australian history and featuring the earliest machines sold, some of which are still operating.

Komatsu’s involvement with Australia began in August 1965, when Le Tourneau Westinghouse was appointed as nationwide distributor. Some of the customers from the early days are still customers today, the company says.

Today, Komatsu Australia employs over 2,000 people, has award-winning training programs, three distribution centres in major cities, assembly facilities in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane and Mackay, and remanufacturing centres in Brisbane and Perth.

"The reason we’ve been able to prosper here in Australia is our commitment to quality, reliability and innovation of our machines and technologies. Some of the first Komatsu products we sold in Australia are still going strong, 50 years later," Taylor says.

"It’s this commitment that will allow us to contribute to and serve the industry for many years to come."

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