Komatsu America Corp. is a U.S. subsidiary of Komatsu Ltd., the world’s second largest manufacturer and supplier of earth-moving equipment, consisting of construction, mining and compact construction equipment. Komatsu America also serves forklift and forestry markets. Through its distributor network, Komatsu offers a state-of-the-art parts and service program to support its equipment. Komatsu has proudly been providing high-quality reliable products for nearly a century.
- Business Type:
- Industry Type:
- Construction & Construction Materials
- Market Focus:
- Nationally (across the country)
- Year Founded:
- Over 1000
Although Komatsu started marketing its products in the 1960’s in the United States, our North American operations were established in 1970 with a fresh vision for the industry. Our goal was to become more than just a supplier of superior construction equipment. We made a commitment to become a trusted partner that could provide ongoing support to every customer. Today, Komatsu America is the second-largest, fully-integrated manufacturer and supplier of construction equipment in North America with a reputation for reliability that’s second to none. We have built a network of manufacturing plants and parts depots with approximately 2000 employees who manufacture many units in the United States to serve this market.
Komatsu America Corp. (KAC) manufactures and markets a full line of integrated construction equipment from the smallest compact construction size to the largest mining size. Our product line includes hydraulic excavators, wheel loaders, crawler dozers, off-highway trucks, and motor graders. All KAC groups are supported by Komatsu Parts and Service and can be financed through Komatsu Financial.
- BORN: 1917
- ESTABLISHED: May 13,1921
- ESTABLISHED IN AMERICA: February 17, 1970
- LOCATIONS: 151 nations around the world, including Japan, United States
of America, China, Africa, Oceana, Middle East and Europe.
- SCALE: World’s second largest producer of construction equipment.
- ADVANTAGE: We design and build every piece of our equipment so you
have harmony from end to end.
- CHAIRMAN & CEO: Rod Schrader
- PRESIDENT & COO: Hank (Hideyuki) Takatsuki
The Komatsu Way is a statement of values that all workers in the Komatsu Group, including those at every level of management, should pass down in a lasting way at their workplaces and worksites. By holding these values in common, the Group can build global teamwork that transcends nationalities and generations to amass and fortify the Komatsu Group's 'workplace (genba) capabilities'— the dynamism of all workers and the entire organization, plus the ability to improve their own workplaces and worksites. This in turn further enhances Quality and Reliability, heightening the trust given to the Group by society and all stakeholders.
Disseminating The Komatsu Way and Developing Human Resources
The Komatsu Way is based on the corporate strengths that Komatsu has cultivated over time. To disseminate the Komatsu Way to Komatsu Group companies across the world, focusing around the Komatsu Way Global Institute, Komatsu is conducting various dissemination and human resource development activities.
We deepen the employees understanding and comprehension of the Komatsu Way by applying it to employee training and setting up opportunities for exposition and group debate. Regular sessions are convened at workplaces for explaining this way of thinking and having employees relate stories of their own experiences so that communication between different generations is stimulated and allows this knowledge to be handed down and rooted in the younger generation. To promote The Komatsu Way at Group companies outside Japan and help this foundation take root, Komatsu makes The Komatsu Way easy to understand and relevant to local conditions, while being mindful of the differences among customs and cultures.
Furthermore, by utilizing ICT (Information Communication Technology), Komatsu employees all over the world can browse Komatsu Way related information though a global portal site. Every month, the 'K-Way.net' is sent out which posts Komatsu Way analects, expositions, and employee stories of actual experiences relating these topics.
In 2011, Komatsu distributed a revised edition of The Komatsu Way to all Group employees. This edition was revised to make the established values and way of thinking more comprehensible by increasing the number of case studies, together with introducing Komatsu's approach to Brand Management. (Note:) Mindset on Komatsu's Brand Management: Heightening the trust of customers. In other words, 'making us indispensable to our customers' and make us their continued partner of choice.
To strengthen the ability of employees worldwide to improve their performance, the Komatsu Group uses Total Quality Management (TQM), cultivated within the Group over the years, along with education and training to raise the level of professional capabilities, such as specific technological or specialist skills and managerial ability. Debriefing sessions are held at each employee rank, with participants reporting on the skills they have improved and receiving practical guidance. Such sessions help employees more fully acquire knowledge and skills from their education and training and help them utilize these newly acquired skills during operations. In this way, the Group continues to promote the enhancement of the individual abilities of the employee, as well as their ability to organize and integrate through teamwork. This results in a corporate structure capable of responding rapidly to changes in the operational environment.
- Mining: Dump Trucks, Hydraulic Excavators/Shovels, Dozers, Wheel Loaders
- Construction: Hydraulic Excavators, Wheel Loaders, Dozers, Articulated Dump Trucks, Rigid Dump Trucks, Motor Graders
- Compact Construction: Compact Hydraulic Excavators, Compact Wheel Loaders
- Specialty Products: Komatsu designs purpose built machines and specialty attachments for waste, material handling and other applications
- Forestry: Wheeled Harversters, Forwarders, Track Feller Bunchers, Track Feller Harvesters, Harvesting Heads
- Forklift: Internal Combustion (Cushion and Pneumatic), Electric (Three Wheel and Four Wheel Counterbalanced), and Narrow Aisle (Single and Double Reach)
Our American Roots
Although Komatsu started marketing its products in the 1960’s in the United States, our North American operations were established in 1970 with a fresh vision for the industry. Our goal was to become more than just a supplier of superior construction equipment. We made a commitment to become a trusted partner that could provide ongoing support to every customer. Today, Komatsu America is the second-largest, fully-integrated manufacturer and supplier of construction equipment in North America with a reputation for reliability that’s second to none. We have built a network of manufacturing plants and parts. We manufacture many units in the United States to serve this market.
Komatsu America Corp. (KAC) manufactures and markets a full line of integrated construction equipment from the smallest compact construction size to the largest mining size. Our product line includes intelligentMachine Control, hydraulic excavators, wheel loaders, crawler dozers, off-highway trucks, and motor graders. All KAC groups are supported by Komatsu Parts and Service and can be financed through Komatsu Financial.
Our company was named after the city Komatsu, located in the Ishikawa Prefecture of the Hokuriku region in Japan. The actual name 'Komatsu' translates into English as 'little pine tree' and, according to legend, dates back to the middle of the Heian period (794-1192). At that time, the monk-emperor Kazan planted a pine sapling during a tour of the Hokuriku region, and the area where it grew came to be called 'sono no komatsubara' ('small-pine field with gardens'). This name is said to have been shortened to 'Komatsu'.
When 'Komatsu Iron Works' separated from 'Takeuchi Mining Co.' in 1921 to become 'Komatsu Ltd.', the first logo that was chosen to represent the new-born company also symbolised this small pine tree. Our logo underwent many modifications over the years, but remained faithful to its original 'little pine tree' look until the late nineteen-nineties, when a major change was decided, and the current lettering adopted.
Today, the Komatsu logo is still the most basic design representing the Komatsu brand. It reflects the Komatsu image of reliability, stability, and strength. The well-balanced sophistication of the logo, the unique design of the letter 'T' and the deep, vivid Gloria Blue colour symbolize a bold corporate character and a leader in technological innovation.