Komatsu expands production capacity at Shonan Plant

  • 22-Oct-2009 09:04 EDT

Komatsu's Shonan plant (administration building in foreground, manufacturing plant in background) features 26,000 m² (280,000 ft²) of floor space and employs 173 people.

Komatsu Ltd. recently expanded production capacity of the Shonan plant in Hiratsuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, which manufactures key components for hybrid-hydraulic excavators. Komatsu is working to expand the market for the PC200-8 hybrid-hydraulic excavator in China, where demand for construction equipment is growing. The Shonan plant manufactures components for hybrid equipment—i.e., power-generating motors, motors to turn the upper structure of excavators, inverters, and capacitors. These components are then sent to the plant in Hirakata, Osaka, which assembles the PC200-8. Komatsu spent ¥1.66 billion for capital investment to expand production capacity at the Shona plant. As a result, Komatsu is now able to produce 100 units per month.

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