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2012 KOMATSU WACOL Press Kit

  1. KOMATSU AUSTRALIA OPENS MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR FACILITY IN BRISBANE
  2. KOMATSU A GLOBAL LEADER IN THE EQUIPMENT MARKET
  3. INVESTMENT IN PEOPLE AND FACILITIES KEY TO KOMATSU
  4. KOMATSU AT THE FOREFRONT OF CUTTING-EDGE TECHNOLOGICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN

KOMATSU AUSTRALIA OPENS MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR FACILITY IN BRISBANE


KEY POINTS:

$55 million investment
150 new permanent jobs
100 new trades-based apprentices nationally
Cutting-edge environmental sustainability

Komatsu Australia Limited today announced the official opening and commissioning of its all-new, state of the art regional headquarters at Wacol, south-west of Brisbane.

Total project expenditure in excess of $55 million has been injected into the local economy, with up to 400 workers employed during the construction phase that completed in March 2012.

The facility will act as a one-stop shop for Queensland customers, with the sale, service, assembly and remanufacturing of mining and construction equipment taking place on site.

The site also features Komatsu's Condition Monitoring Services' oil-testing laboratories.

More than 150 permanent employment opportunities have been created with the establishment of the Komatsu Wacol site.

The "operational hub" will also house Komatsu Australia's Mining Division head office and service customers through a world-class mechanical component remanufacturing centre.

Komatsu says the Wacol site has 40 per cent more capacity and will assemble up to 70 "Ultra-class" mining dump trucks each year, with the facility strategically located and built to better service customers in the rapidly expanding Queensland resource sector.

Significantly, the Wacol site will play an integral role in the employment of up to 100 new trades-based apprentices by Komatsu over the next 12 months.

Managing Director of Komatsu Australia Limited, Sean Taylor, said the Wacol facility was the company's single biggest investment in Australia to date.

"The commissioning of our all-new Wacol facility is an important milestone in the strategic expansion of Komatsu's nationwide sales and service network," he said.

"Komatsu made the decision to invest in this Queensland site, enhancing our capability to meet the growing needs of customers in the Australian marketplace.

"We have a very positive outlook for the local resource and construction markets, and have made the development of Wacol as a customer service facility a key infrastructure priority for Komatsu.

"In fact, the Komatsu Wacol facility is our largest ever investment in Australia."

Mr Taylor said Komatsu was guided by a corporate commitment to the sustainable development of industry, and that the Wacol site had been designed with a number of advanced, environmentally friendly features.

The site has six main buildings across 61,000 square metres of land.

Three large central buildings house office, mining and construction machine assembly, service workshop and remanufacturing functions, with a fully enclosed wash bay building, boiler-maker and track press shop, and an extensive paint-shop building.

The environmentally friendly paint-shop can easily accommodate two Komatsu 930E (290-tonne payload) mining dump trucks, and is the largest spray booth of its type in the southern hemisphere.

It has been specifically designed so that it is fully enclosed, preventing the release of harmful paint toxins into the atmosphere. Its advanced automotive-specification equipment significantly improves the paint quality of machines for customers.

Rainwater harvesting, energy efficient lighting, temperature-controlling insulation and a bio-retention basin are all featured on site.

"We are proud of these environmental measures - and they are a shining example of Komatsu's global efforts to reduce our ecological footprint," Mr Taylor said.

The establishment of the new Wacol facility has been actively supported by the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council, with a view towards the long-term economic development of the south-western Brisbane area.

Treasurer Tim Nicholls, who attended the opening, recognised the role Queensland Premier Campbell Newman played in attracting Komatsu to Brisbane while he was Lord Mayor.

"The LNP Government is very excited to see Komatsu set up its regional headquarters at Wacol, the company's single biggest investment in Australia to date," Mr Nicholls said.

"The LNP is committed to reaching an unemployment target of 4 per cent in six years and projects such as this one will be of enormous benefit in helping to achieve that, with the creation of more than 150 permanent jobs.

"The LNP is committed to growing a four pillar economy, including strengthening our construction and mining sectors to ensure we all benefit from companies such as Komatsu investing in our state," Mr Nicholls said.

Construction of the Wacol facility has taken more than 16 months, with official work commencing at the end of October 2010.

KOMATSU WACOL FACTS:

Total site investment - $55 million

Employment
- 400 (construction phase)
- 320 (operational phase)

Site size
- 61,000m2

Building developments:
Six buildings, totalling 14,386m2 (office and assembly workshop, service workshop, remanufacturing facility, track-press/boilermaker shop, wash-bay, paint-shop).

Mining workshop
- Production line for Electric Mining Dump Trucks. Capacity for 7 x 930E "Ultra-class" Komatsu dump trucks at one time.
(930E: 15m-long, 9m-wide)

Rainwater harvesting
- 291,000 litres stored underground. Used for irrigation, workshop production and amenities.

Wash pad
- Use of 100 per cent reclaimed water from roof-tops. 100 per cent water re-use using "Clearmake" water separator system.

Lighting
- New technology "T5" light fittings - three times as efficient as existing "T8" fittings.
- Natural lighting through adoption of translucent sheeting in workshop bays.

Insulation
- All roofs insulated for temperature control and to minimise energy usage.

Bio retention
- 400-metre long bio retention basin along the lower boundary creek catchment using a Gross Pollution Trap. Features a 40-metre buffer zone from waterway.

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KOMATSU A GLOBAL LEADER IN THE EQUIPMENT MARKET


KEY POINTS:

Australia's largest factory-operated supplier of earthmoving and construction equipment
90 years of continuous operation globally
More than 40 years in the Australian market
2300 Australian employees
A$1.7 billion sales in Australia in FY2011

Komatsu Australia Limited recently recorded its best-ever business year on record, with total yearly Australian sales surpassing A$1.7 billion for the first time.

In the 12 months to the end of March 2012 Komatsu Australia posted a sales increase of more than 33 per cent over the previous financial year.

Komatsu's Australian operations are a subsidiary of Komatsu Limited Japan - one of the country's largest industrial conglomerates and a member of the Tokyo stock price index (TOPIX) Core 30 (a measure of the industrial output of the Japanese economy). Japanese trading house Mitsui & Co holds 40 per cent of Komatsu Australia Limited.

Komatsu's global sales exceed $US22 billion annually.

The company celebrated 90 years of continuous operation in 2011.

Komatsu was established in Australia during the 1960s, with a formal factory-run presence established in 1979.

Komatsu Australia also encompasses the sales territories of New Zealand and New Caledonia.

Today, Komatsu is Australia's largest factory-operated provider of earthmoving and construction equipment, with 41 branches and service depots in Australasia supported by a further 41 contract sites at key mining and civil projects nationally.

More than 2300 people are employed by Komatsu Australia, with the majority assigned to customer service and product support roles. Globally, Komatsu employs more than 40,000 people.

Komatsu Australia posted 1339 new machine sales during the 2011-12 fiscal year ending 31 March 2012.

Currently, Komatsu provides 83 separate new machine models to Australian customers, covering the mining, construction and utility segments of the earthmoving equipment market.

Managing Director of Komatsu Australia Limited, Sean Taylor, said the company's vision was to become "indispensable to our customers".

"We achieve this by always being driven by our customer's success - where every customer contact is an opportunity to enhance our brand value," Mr Taylor said.

"We engage our employees to progressively earn the trust of our customers and sustainably grow the business for our shareholders."

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INVESTMENT IN PEOPLE AND FACILITIES KEY TO KOMATSU


A sustained investment in new and existing employees along with significant upgrades to national facilities are the key to Komatsu's long-term growth in Australia, according to the company's Managing Director, Sean Taylor.

This month's opening of Komatsu's all-new $55 million Wacol facility - the company's single largest investment in Australia to date - is the first stage of a comprehensive capital expenditure program by Komatsu over the next three years.

Mr Taylor said new major facilities and significant upgrades to existing sites will take place in this period.

"As our business grows, so must our capacity to meet the needs of our extended customer base," he said.

"Our new Wacol site is truly world class - what the Japanese call 'Dantotsu', meaning unique and unrivalled.

"In the next five years we plan to extend this philosophy to a number of new and existing sites, beginning with a major upgrade of the Mackay (QLD) facility later in 2012.

"We're renovating and expanding our footprint in Mackay to increase production of the 960E model mining dump truck by 75 per cent - a machine highly sought after in the booming Bowen basin coal fields. This is our biggest truck, with over 2,600kW of power and a carrying capacity of 327 tonnes.

"We're also building a brand new customer support facility in Mackay which features a new parts warehouse and workshop - doubling our current capacity," Mr Taylor added.

Komatsu began a comprehensive upgrade of its site in Western Australia in 2011, with work to continue this year. This includes a new paint-shop and an upgrade of the Welshpool (Perth) Workshop, and planning for a new distribution centre to service the rapidly expanding Pilbara market.

Komatsu has also confirmed plans for an all-new heavy-machine workshop in Port Hedland, servicing customers in the West Pilbara.

The site will also be a rebuild centre for WA1200 model mining loaders for customers in the region, and will be seven times larger than the current Komatsu site.

Komatsu Australia is set to make a significant investment in local employment, according to Mr Taylor.

"We're really taking a proactive approach to resourcing our Australian business," he said.

"This year we will employ 100 new trades-based apprentices, with many completing the heavy-vehicle electrical qualification.

"Komatsu is the only Registered Training Organisation (RTO) in Australia to offer this qualification to apprentices.

"We'll also be increasing staff numbers at the coalface - more technical and tradespeople will help us better service customers," he said.

In 2012 Komatsu will be hiring over 750 people, and will also launch the company's Graduate Program - a first for Komatsu Australia - which Mr Taylor said was an important investment in young people who would form the company's future management teams.

"These initiatives are extremely important to us as they are an investment in securing our employee skills base - considering the ongoing skills shortage in our industry nationwide," he said.

Additionally, Komatsu will increase the level of training provided to all employees in 2012 by more than 40 per cent, with each staff member receiving a minimum of 10 days' technical training throughout the year.

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KOMATSU AT THE FOREFRONT OF CUTTING-EDGE TECHNOLOGICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN


Komatsu invests more than US$630 million annually in new machine design and research and development projects globally, with facilities located on six continents.

The company is a global leader in the design and manufacture of advanced technologies for the earthmoving and mining equipment market.

Komatsu was the first equipment supplier to offer a hybrid excavator, which was launched in Australia in 2011.

The HB205 and HB215 Hybrid Excavator range has been warmly embraced by local Komatsu customers, with its enviable mix of ecological sustainability and operational cost reductions appealing to a wide variety of users.

The Komatsu hybrid system, which utilises a smaller diesel engine and electric motor powered by regenerative electrical energy and ultra-capacitors, can save operators up to 41 per cent in fuel consumption while reducing harmful CO2 emissions by up to 40 per cent.

Komatsu is the market leader in electric-drive mining dump-truck sales worldwide, with Australia one of the largest consumers of such machines globally. Komatsu has more than 40 years' experience in the design and engineering of electric-drive trucks.

Komatsu is also a leader in the development of Autonomous Haulage Systems (AHS), or "driverless" functionality, for mining dump trucks.

Mining giant Rio Tinto recently announced a full-scale deployment of this technology, with more than 150 Komatsu AHS electric dump trucks to be delivered to its operations in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

Developed more than a decade ago and having been met with considerable success globally, Komatsu's KOMTRAX satellite tracking and remote monitoring system was the first of its type on the world.

KOMTRAX monitors critical operational data and the machine's location using a number of sensors - helping operators streamline the efficiency of their operation while also preventing theft via an advanced satellite tracking function.

Komatsu is also developing bio-fuel powered dump trucks (using the non food-source fuel stock Jatophra) and is continuing to innovate with other alternative energy sources for its machines.

Komatsu established its Global Earth Environment Charter in 1991, and has driven significant environmental changes in its business through this process.

"Since 2005, we've reduced the use of water in the manufacturing process by 16 per cent and cut waste by 41 per cent," said Sean Taylor, Managing Director of Komatsu Australia Limited.

"In the past 10 years we've reduced carbon emissions by 30 per cent, and our products are now approaching 99.5 per cent recyclability, which minimises waste going to landfill and maximises the use of precious resources."

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