2016Komatsu Develops a New Demining Machine and Begins Assistance to Remove Unexploded Ordnance in Laos

Aug. 31, 2016

Komatsu Ltd. (President and CEO: Tetsuji Ohashi) has expanded the scope of alliance with Japan Mine Action Service (Chairman: Ryuichiro Arakawa, hereinafter "JMAS"), a certified specific non-profit organization of Japan, concerning the removal of anti-personnel landmines to include assistance for removal of unexploded ordnance(UXO) in Laos, which began in August this year. This move follows Komatsu's assistance for the landmine removal projects undertaken in Cambodia and Angola since 2008.

In spite of the fact that a massive amount of unexploded ordnance remains in over 30% of the land in Laos, the disposal work has not been active to date, resulting in the reports of related fatal accidents and injuries every year. Since 2006 JMAS has continued to make dedicated efforts to dispose of UXO, but has faced the dangerous and time-consuming condition of manual work.

To work around this condition, Komatsu has developed a new demining machine based on a hydraulic excavator, whereas conventional demining machines are based on a bulldozer. The new demining machine is equipped with special buckets capable of breaking up UXO cluster submunitions which are covered with hard metal. It is also versatile, allowing for its use in bush cutting and ground leveling. Through charge-free lending of its demining machine to JMAS, Komatsu is committed to promoting quick disposal of UXO in order to help change Laos's land to a safe place.

1. New demining machine

Based on Komatsu's PC130-8 medium-sized hydraulic excavator in Laos

2. Ceremony

[Outline of the ceremony]
Date: August 17, 2016
Name: The Workshop on the project for Mechanical Cluster Submunition Clearance in Xieng Khouang Province, Laos
Sponsors: National Regulatory Authority for UXO/Mine Action Sector in Lao PDR, Embassy of Japan in the Lao PDR and JMAS
Attendees: H.E. Mr. Khamphen Saysomphen, Minister of Labor and Social Welfare., Takeshi Hikihara, Ambassador of Japan to the Lao PDR, Mr. Ryuichiro Arakawa, Chairman of JMAS, and Hisashi Shinozuka, Director and Senior Executive Officer of Komatsu, and others

3. Related URLs

1) Komatsu's assistance for demining of anti-personnel landmines and community reconstruction
2) JMAS' activities

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