“Our aim as a business is to continue growing and I’ve no doubt we will because we have got the skills, a really good and loyal workforce, and a great parent company.
We take apprentices on every year, which means we have a constant stream, but we train them to keep them. It’s an ethos that stands them in good stead and we give them a good start.
It will be our 30th anniversary next year and we are proud of that. Over those 30 years we have really established ourselves in the North-East and we are most proud of the fact we have got lots of experts in their fields here.”
In 1987, Komatsu opened a major manufacturing and assembly plant in Birtley, Gateshead. This is the only UK manufacturing site which the Japanese company operate from.
Their North East plant specialises in hydraulic tracked excavators with a 16-80 ton operating weight – since opening, they’ve produced 60,000 machines, most of which are destined for exportation to Europe and South Africa.
Komatsu employs over 400 workers in North East England, all of whom represent the company’s long-term and resolute commitment to “Quality and Reliability”. They are one of five OEMs located in the region.
Komatsu are an international leader in construction and mining equipment as well as also fabricating secondary products such as electronics and machinery. The company manufactures machines including excavating equipment, bulldozers and forklift trucks. Headquartered in Japan, Komatsu have offices and manufacturing plants across the globe to service a truly international market. Most recent 2018 accounts (April 2018 – December 2018) show that Komastsu’s consolidated net sales totalled JPY 2,018.6 billion, up 11.*% year on year.