History

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Up to 1960

Jan. 1917

Takeuchi Mining Industry (founded in 1894) established Komatsu Iron Works to manufacture machine tools and mining equipment for in-house use.

May. 1921

Komatsu Iron Works separated from Takeuchi Mining Co. to become Komatsu Ltd.

Komatsu Iron Works separated from Takeuchi Mining Co. to become Komatsu Ltd.

1924

Komatsu built its first press, a 450-ton sheet-forming press.

Komatsu built its first press, a 450-ton sheet-forming press.

Oct. 1931

Produced Japan's first crawler-type farm tractor.

Produced Japan's first crawler-type farm tractor.

July. 1934

Listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange (Opening price: JPY85.50)

Oct. 1935

Began production of high-grade castings and special steel materials after years of research.

Began production of high-grade castings and special steel materials after years of research.

May. 1938

Established the Awazu Plant.

Nov. 1941

Began production of large hydraulic presses.

Jan. 1943

Produced the Komatsu Model 1 Ground Leveling Machine (the prototype of Japan's bulldozers).

Produced the Komatsu Model 1 Ground Leveling Machine (the prototype of Japan's bulldozers).

Dec. 1947

Introduced the D50 bulldozer.

Introduced the D50 bulldozer.

Feb. 1948

Began diesel engine production.

Aug. 1951

Relocated head office from Ishikawa(Komatsu City) to Tokyo.

Oct. 1952

Opened the Osaka Plant.

Oct. 1952

Began production of motor graders.

Began production of motor graders.

Dec. 1952

Established the Kawasaki and Himi plants following the acquisitions of Ikegai Automobile Manufacturing Company and Chuetsu Electro Chemical Co., Ltd., respectively.

Jan. 1953

Began production of forklift trucks.

Began production of forklift trucks.

Nov. 1953

Began production of dump trucks and special purpose vehicles.

Jan. 1955

Exported motor graders to Argentina (Komatsu's first export of construction equipment).

Exported motor graders to Argentina (Komatsu's first export of construction equipment).

Aug. 1955

Exported 400-ton multipurpose hydraulic presses to Argentina (Komatsu's first export of presses).

Sept. 1956

Began production of shovel loaders.

Oct. 1956

Exhibited construction equipment at Japan's Industrial Goods Fair in Beijing and Shanghai. Signed the first export contract of construction equipment for China.

Exhibited construction equipment at Japan's Industrial Goods Fair in Beijing and Shanghai. Signed the first export contract of construction equipment for China.

Sept. 1958

Signed a technical assistance agreement with India's Ministry of Defense to locally manufacture tractors.

1960s

Sept. 1961

Introduced the company-wide quality control (QC) program.

Introduced the company-wide quality control (QC) program.

Nov. 1961

Signed a technology tie-up agreement for the diesel engines with Cummins Engine Co., Inc. of the United States.

Dec. 1962

Opened the Oyama Plant.

June. 1963

Entered technology license tie-up with Bucyrus-Erie of the United States concerning hydraulic excavators (terminated in March 1981).

1964

Opened Komatsu's first overseas liaison office in India.

Nov. 1964

Received the Deming Prize for quality control.

Received the Deming Prize for quality control.

Dec. 1964

Reached agreement for a joint venture with International Harvester of the United States (terminated in January 1982).

1965

Began production of wheel loaders.

Began production of wheel loaders.

Mar. 1966

Completed construction of the present Tokyo Head Office (Komatsu Building). mpleted construction of the present Tokyo Head Office (Komatsu Building).

Completed construction of the present Tokyo Head Office (Komatsu Building). mpleted construction of the present Tokyo Head Office (Komatsu Building).

Jan. 1967

Established N.V. Komatsu Europe S.A., Komatsu's first overseas subsidiary in Belgium.

Oct. 1968

Began production of hydraulic excavators.

Began production of hydraulic excavators.

Dec. 1968

Completed construction of an integrated production facility for diesel engines at the Oyama Plant.

Dec. 1968

Komatsu-made KD60 snow vehicles reached the South Pole.

Komatsu-made KD60 snow vehicles reached the South Pole.

1970s

Feb. 1970

Established Komatsu America Corp. in the United States.

Jan. 1971

Established Komatsu Singapore Pte. Ltd. in Singapore.

Dec. 1972

Launched the business of small presses.

Apr. 1973

Completed construction of the Himi Plant for steel-castings.

Sept. 1974

Established Dina Komatsu Nacional S.A. de C.V. in Mexico.

Apr. 1975

Komatsu do Brasil Ltda. produced the D50A bulldozer, marking Komatsu's first offshore production of construction equipment.

Komatsu do Brasil Ltda. produced the D50A bulldozer, marking Komatsu's first offshore production of construction equipment.

Oct. 1977

Marketed the small-diameter pipe jacking system.

Feb. 1979

Established Komatsu Australia Pty., Ltd. in Australia.

1980s

July. 1980

Developed a super-large combination press line.

Nov. 1981

Received the Japan Quality Control Prize.

Received the Japan Quality Control Prize.

Dec. 1982

Established PT Komatsu Indonesia (production began in 1983) in Indonesia.

Mar. 1984

Introduced laser machines on the market.

Feb. 1985

Established Komatsu America Manufacturing Corp. in the United States.

Established Komatsu America Manufacturing Corp. in the United States.

Aug. 1985

Established Komatsu America Industries LLC in the United States.

Dec. 1985

Established Komatsu UK Ltd. in the United Kingdom.

Aug. 1986

Established Komatsu Industries Europe GmbH. in Germany.

Sept. 1988

Established Komatsu Dresser Company in the United States.

July. 1989

Made equity participation in Hanomag AG of Germany.

Sept. 1989

Launched sales of fine plasma cutting machines.

Launched sales of fine plasma cutting machines.

Dec. 1989

Established Komatsu Europe International N.V. in Belgium to coordinate and expand Komatsu's operations in Europe.

1990s

Apr. 1991

Established the Komatsu Women's Judo Team.

Established the Komatsu Women's Judo Team.

Oct. 1991

Established NS Komatsu Pty. Ltd., in Australia. (renamed Komatsu Australia Pty. Ltd. in June 2001)

Nov. 1991

Made equity participation in Fai S.p.A. in Italy.

Oct. 1993

Established Komatsu Cummins Engine Co., Ltd. and Cummins Komatsu Engine Company, in Japan and the United States, respectively.

June. 1994

Established Komatsu Industries Corporation and Komatsu Machinery Corporation.

Apr. 1995

Started sales of Excimer laser, as the main light source for next generation steppers.

Started sales of Excimer laser, as the main light source for next generation steppers.

May. 1995

Established Komatsu Changlin Construction Machinery Co., Ltd. (renamed Komatsu(Changzhou) Construction Machinery Corporation in November 2000) in China.

Established Komatsu Changlin Construction Machinery Co., Ltd. (renamed Komatsu(Changzhou) Construction Machinery Corporation in November 2000) in China.

Aug. 1995

Established Komatsu Shantui Construction Machinery Co., Ltd. in China.

Sept. 1995

Established FKI Fai Komatsu Industries S.p.A. (renamed Komatsu Utility Europe S.p.A. in June 2000) in Ital

Nov. 1995

Established Bangkok Komatsu Co., Ltd. in Thailand.

Jan. 1996

Established Demag Komatsu GmbH (currently, Komatsu Germany GmbH) in Germany.

Jan. 1996

Made equity participation in Modular Mining Systems, Inc. of the United States.

May. 1996

Established Komatsu(Shanghai) Ltd. in China.

Feb. 1997

Established Komatsu Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd. in South Africa.

Oct. 1997

Established Komatsu Castex Ltd. in Japan by spinning off the steel casting division.

1998

Developed KOMTRAX (Komatsu Machine Tracking System).

Developed KOMTRAX (Komatsu Machine Tracking System).

Jan. 1998

Established Industrial Power Alliance Ltd. in Japan as a joint venture with Cummins Engine of the United States for engine development.

Feb. 1998

Established L&T-Komatsu Limited. in India.

Jan. 1999

Established Komatsu Middle East FZE. in U.A.E. as a supervisory company for the construction equipment business in the Middle East region.

May. 1999

Established Komatsu Cummins Chile Ltda., a holding company of construction and mining equipment sales distributors in Chile, as a joint venture with Cummins Engine.

Sept. 1999

Launched the world's largest mechanical-drive WA1200 wheel loader.

2000s

Nov. 2000

Acquired Hensley Industries, Inc., an American construction and mining equipment component maker.

Jan. 2001

Established Komatsu (China) Ltd., a holding company in China.

July. 2001

Began equipping KOMTRAX on machines as a standard feature.

Jan. 2004

Established Komatsu Forest AB acquiring Partek Forest AB, a manufacturer and distributer of forestry equipment in Sweden.

Established Komatsu Forest AB acquiring Partek Forest AB, a manufacturer and distributer of forestry equipment in Sweden.

Aug. 2004

Ayumi Tanimoto, a member of the Komatsu Women's Judo Club, won a gold medal in the Athens 2004 Olympic Games.

Aug. 2006

Established The KOMATSU Way.

Established The KOMATSU Way.

Oct. 2006

Sold out 51% of Komatsu Electronic Metal's stock to SUMCO CORPORATION.

Jan. 2007

Completed the construction of three new plants, i.e. Ibaraki Plant, Kanazawa Plant (both in Japan) and Chennai Plant (in India).

Apr. 2007

Integrated Komatsu Forklift Co., Ltd. and Komatsu Zenoah into new Komatsu Utility Co., Ltd.

2008

Began demining antipersonnel landmines and community redevelopment activities in cooperation with Japan Mine Action Service in Cambodia and Angola.

Began demining antipersonnel landmines and community redevelopment activities in cooperation with Japan Mine Action Service in Cambodia and Angola.

Jan. 2008

Launched the world's first Autonomous Haulage System (AHS).

Launched the world's first Autonomous Haulage System (AHS).

Mar. 2008

Made NIPPEI TOYAMA (renamed Komatsu NTC Ltd. in October 2008) Corporation a wholly owned subsidiary.

June. 2008

Introduced the world's first hybrid hydraulic excavator.

Introduced the world's first hybrid hydraulic excavator.

Aug. 2008

Ayumi Tanimoto won a gold medal in the Beijing Olympic Games (her second straight victory.)

Apr. 2009

Reorganized Japanese sales and service structure for construction equipment and established Komatsu Construction Equipment Sales and Service Japan Ltd.

2010s

Apr. 2011

Merged with Komatsu Utility Co., Ltd.

Apr. 2011

Komatsu NTC Ltd. and Komatsu Machinery Corporation merged. Merged with Komatsu Engineering Corp.

May. 2011

"Komatsu-no-Mori" Created in Komatsu City, Home to Komatsu Ltd.

"Komatsu-no-Mori" Created in Komatsu City, Home to Komatsu Ltd.

May. 2011

Gigaphoton Inc. has become a wholly owned subsidiary of Komatsu.

Aug. 2012

Mika Sugimoto wins a silver medal in London Olympics.

June. 2013

Launched medium-sized intelligent Machine Control bulldozers equipped with the world's first automatic blade control system.

Oct. 2013

Komatsu Shantui Construction Machinery wins the Deming Prize.

Oct. 2014

Merged with Komatsu Diesel Co., Ltd.

Feb. 2015

Embarked on SMARTCONSTRUCTION: ICT solutions to construction job sites.

Embarked on SMARTCONSTRUCTION: ICT solutions to construction job sites.

Apr. 2017

Acquired Joy Global Inc., a leading U.S. manufacturer of mining equipment and changed the trade name to Komatsu Mining Corp.

Acquired Joy Global Inc., a leading U.S. manufacturer of mining equipment and changed the trade name to Komatsu Mining Corp.

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