Brisbane super-site kicks off Komatsu expansion


Komatsu forks out $50 million to build a new super-site at Wacol as part of a nationwide expansion program

Brisbane super-site kicks off Komatsu expansion
Brisbane super-site kicks off Komatsu expansion

December 8, 2010

Construction and mining equipment manufacturer Komatsu has forked out $50 million to build a new super-site at Wacol as part of a nationwide expansion program.

The centre, located southwest of Brisbane, marks the single biggest investment in Komatsu’s 45 years of Australian operations.

It will assemble up to 70 ‘ultraclass’ dump trucks per year on-site, beginning January 2011, and act as a one-stop shop for Komatsu's Queensland customers - with sales, service, and assembly of mining and utility equipment taking place on-site.

The facility will house Komatsu's national Mining Division head office, and will service a national customer base through a state-of-the-art remanufacturing centre.

Stage one will involve the construction of more than 14,000sqm of workshop and assembly facilities on the 56,000sqm site.

More than 400 jobs will be generated during the construction phase, and the site will employ over 200 people when fully operational.

EXPANSION PLANS
Komatsu Australia President Bill Pike says Komatsu has a positive outlook on the Australian resource and construction markets.

"The new Wacol facility will allow us to more than meet the requirements of our customers in south-east Queensland and right across Australia long into the future," Pike says.

Komatsu is investing heavily in local employment, with the Wacol facility set to add an additional 78 full-time jobs to the region by 2015.

Currently, Komatsu employs more than 1,600 people in Australia.

Komatsu received significant support from the Queensland State Government and Brisbane City Council, leading to Brisbane being selected for the new facility.

To complement the Wacol development, Komatsu Australia is finalising plans for the expansion of its Mackay assembly facility.

The first stage of this multi-million dollar expansion began in November with the relocation of Komatsu's spare parts warehouse to an all-new state-of-the-art facility in North Queensland.

Construction of the expanded Mackay assembly facility will be completed late in 2011, allowing the company to expand production of its largest dump truck, the 960E electric-drive.

Meanwhile, construction of the Wacol facility will span a 12-month period, with final fit-out to take place late in 2011.

The site is due to commence operation on January 1, 2012.


Pictured: Artist's impression of new super-site upon completion



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