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Up to 1960
Takeuchi Mining Industry (founded in 1894) established Komatsu Iron Works to manufacture machine tools and mining equipment for in-house use.
Komatsu Iron Works separated from Takeuchi Mining Co. to become Komatsu Ltd.
Komatsu built its first press, a 450-ton sheet-forming press.
Produced Japan's first crawler-type farm tractor.
Listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange (Opening price: JPY85.50)
Began production of high-grade castings and special steel materials after years of research.
Established the Awazu Plant.
Began production of large hydraulic presses.
Produced the Komatsu Model 1 Ground Leveling Machine (the prototype of Japan's bulldozers).
Introduced the D50 bulldozer.
Began diesel engine production.
Relocated head office from Ishikawa(Komatsu City) to Tokyo.
Opened the Osaka Plant.
Began production of motor graders.
Established the Kawasaki and Himi plants following the acquisitions of Ikegai Automobile Manufacturing Company and Chuetsu Electro Chemical Co., Ltd., respectively.
Began production of forklift trucks.
Began production of dump trucks and special purpose vehicles.
Exported motor graders to Argentina (Komatsu's first export of construction equipment).
Exported 400-ton multipurpose hydraulic presses to Argentina (Komatsu's first export of presses).
Began production of shovel loaders.
Exhibited construction equipment at Japan's Industrial Goods Fair in Beijing and Shanghai. Signed the first export contract of construction equipment for China.
Signed a technical assistance agreement with India's Ministry of Defense to locally manufacture tractors.
Introduced the company-wide quality control (QC) program.
Signed a technology tie-up agreement for the diesel engines with Cummins Engine Co., Inc. of the United States.
Opened the Oyama Plant.
Entered technology license tie-up with Bucyrus-Erie of the United States concerning hydraulic excavators (terminated in March 1981).
Opened Komatsu's first overseas liaison office in India.
Received the Deming Prize for quality control.
Reached agreement for a joint venture with International Harvester of the United States (terminated in January 1982).
Began production of wheel loaders.
Completed construction of the present Tokyo Head Office (Komatsu Building). mpleted construction of the present Tokyo Head Office (Komatsu Building).
Established N.V. Komatsu Europe S.A., Komatsu's first overseas subsidiary in Belgium.
Began production of hydraulic excavators.
Completed construction of an integrated production facility for diesel engines at the Oyama Plant.
Komatsu-made KD60 snow vehicles reached the South Pole.
Established Komatsu America Corp. in the United States.
Established Komatsu Singapore Pte. Ltd. in Singapore.
Launched the business of small presses.
Completed construction of the Himi Plant for steel-castings.
Established Dina Komatsu Nacional S.A. de C.V. in Mexico.
Komatsu do Brasil Ltda. produced the D50A bulldozer, marking Komatsu's first offshore production of construction equipment.
Marketed the small-diameter pipe jacking system.
Established Komatsu Australia Pty., Ltd. in Australia.
Developed a super-large combination press line.
Received the Japan Quality Control Prize.
Established PT Komatsu Indonesia (production began in 1983) in Indonesia.
Introduced laser machines on the market.
Established Komatsu America Manufacturing Corp. in the United States.
Established Komatsu America Industries LLC in the United States.
Established Komatsu UK Ltd. in the United Kingdom.
Established Komatsu Industries Europe GmbH. in Germany.
Established Komatsu Dresser Company in the United States.
Made equity participation in Hanomag AG of Germany.
Launched sales of fine plasma cutting machines.
Established Komatsu Europe International N.V. in Belgium to coordinate and expand Komatsu's operations in Europe.
Established the Komatsu Women's Judo Team.
Established NS Komatsu Pty. Ltd., in Australia. (renamed Komatsu Australia Pty. Ltd. in June 2001)
Made equity participation in Fai S.p.A. in Italy.
Established Komatsu Cummins Engine Co., Ltd. and Cummins Komatsu Engine Company, in Japan and the United States, respectively.
Established Komatsu Industries Corporation and Komatsu Machinery Corporation.
Started sales of Excimer laser, as the main light source for next generation steppers.
Established Komatsu Changlin Construction Machinery Co., Ltd. (renamed Komatsu(Changzhou) Construction Machinery Corporation in November 2000) in China.
Established Komatsu Shantui Construction Machinery Co., Ltd. in China.
Established FKI Fai Komatsu Industries S.p.A. (renamed Komatsu Utility Europe S.p.A. in June 2000) in Ital
Established Bangkok Komatsu Co., Ltd. in Thailand.
Established Demag Komatsu GmbH (currently, Komatsu Germany GmbH) in Germany.
Made equity participation in Modular Mining Systems, Inc. of the United States.
Established Komatsu(Shanghai) Ltd. in China.
Established Komatsu Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd. in South Africa.
Established Komatsu Castex Ltd. in Japan by spinning off the steel casting division.
Developed KOMTRAX (Komatsu Machine Tracking System).
Established Industrial Power Alliance Ltd. in Japan as a joint venture with Cummins Engine of the United States for engine development.
Established L&T-Komatsu Limited. in India.
Established Komatsu Middle East FZE. in U.A.E. as a supervisory company for the construction equipment business in the Middle East region.
Established Komatsu Cummins Chile Ltda., a holding company of construction and mining equipment sales distributors in Chile, as a joint venture with Cummins Engine.
Launched the world's largest mechanical-drive WA1200 wheel loader.
Acquired Hensley Industries, Inc., an American construction and mining equipment component maker.
Established Komatsu (China) Ltd., a holding company in China.
Began equipping KOMTRAX on machines as a standard feature.
Established Komatsu Forest AB acquiring Partek Forest AB, a manufacturer and distributer of forestry equipment in Sweden.
Ayumi Tanimoto, a member of the Komatsu Women's Judo Club, won a gold medal in the Athens 2004 Olympic Games.
Established The KOMATSU Way.
Sold out 51% of Komatsu Electronic Metal's stock to SUMCO CORPORATION.
Completed the construction of three new plants, i.e. Ibaraki Plant, Kanazawa Plant (both in Japan) and Chennai Plant (in India).
Integrated Komatsu Forklift Co., Ltd. and Komatsu Zenoah into new Komatsu Utility Co., Ltd.
Began demining antipersonnel landmines and community redevelopment activities in cooperation with Japan Mine Action Service in Cambodia and Angola.
Launched the world's first Autonomous Haulage System (AHS).
Made NIPPEI TOYAMA (renamed Komatsu NTC Ltd. in October 2008) Corporation a wholly owned subsidiary.
Introduced the world's first hybrid hydraulic excavator.
Ayumi Tanimoto won a gold medal in the Beijing Olympic Games (her second straight victory.)
Reorganized Japanese sales and service structure for construction equipment and established Komatsu Construction Equipment Sales and Service Japan Ltd.
Merged with Komatsu Utility Co., Ltd.
Komatsu NTC Ltd. and Komatsu Machinery Corporation merged. Merged with Komatsu Engineering Corp.
"Komatsu-no-Mori" Created in Komatsu City, Home to Komatsu Ltd.
Gigaphoton Inc. has become a wholly owned subsidiary of Komatsu.
Mika Sugimoto wins a silver medal in London Olympics.
Launched medium-sized intelligent Machine Control bulldozers equipped with the world's first automatic blade control system.
Komatsu Shantui Construction Machinery wins the Deming Prize.
Merged with Komatsu Diesel Co., Ltd.
Embarked on SMARTCONSTRUCTION: ICT solutions to construction job sites.
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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