Komatsu America Corp. is a subsidiary of Komatsu Ltd., a leading global supplier of essential equipment, technologies and services for the construction, mining, forest, energy and manufacturing industries. For a century, Komatsu has been by your side with the dantotsu quality, reliability, insights and support you need.
Creating value through manufacturing and technology innovation to empower a sustainable future where people, businesses and our planet thrive together
- Ambition: With a ‘challenging spirit’ and without fear of failure, we innovate and always aspire to do more
- Perseverance: Even when the work is difficult, we remain committed to our promises and reliably carry them through to completion
- Collaboration: Creating value comes from teamwork, inclusion, respect, diversity and a win-win approach to all relationships
- Authenticity: To earn and maintain trust, we always act with sincerity, integrity and honesty, and communicate transparently
Our roots stretch back more than 100 years to a lush forest near Komatsu City in Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan that was once home to a copper mine vital to the surrounding community. The mine’s closure in 1920 could have meant the end for community residents dependent on the jobs, but instead it was a new beginning.
The owner of the mine and our founder, Meitaro Takeuchi, was an entrepreneur with an extraordinary humanitarian vision, committed to enhancing the community’s quality of life, developing future generations and growing with society. Determined to bring industrial technology to his country, Takeuchi created a new company by nurturing the skills of the people in the local community.
Takeuchi’s vision and strong guiding principles stood the test of time. Through the years, Komatsu’s continued investment in core capabilities and strategic acquisitions have connected smart, diverse people and cutting-edge technologies with a shared belief that partnerships are the best way to solve challenges and meet society’s needs.
The Komatsu Way is a statement of values that all workers in the Komatsu Group, including those at every level of management, should pass down in a lasting way at their workplaces and worksites. By holding these values in common, the Group can build global teamwork that transcends nationalities and generations to amass and fortify the Komatsu Group's "workplace (genba) capabilities"— the dynamism of all workers and the entire organization, plus the ability to improve their own workplaces and worksites. This in turn further enhances Quality and Reliability, heightening the trust given to the Group by society and all stakeholders.
Disseminating The Komatsu Way and Developing Human Resources
The Komatsu Way is based on the corporate strengths that Komatsu has cultivated over time. To disseminate the Komatsu Way to Komatsu Group companies across the world, focusing around the Komatsu Way Global Institute, Komatsu is conducting various dissemination and human resource development activities.
We deepen the employees understanding and comprehension of the Komatsu Way by applying it to employee training and setting up opportunities for exposition and group debate. Regular sessions are convened at workplaces for explaining this way of thinking and having employees relate stories of their own experiences so that communication between different generations is stimulated and allows this knowledge to be handed down and rooted in the younger generation. To promote The Komatsu Way at Group companies outside Japan and help this foundation take root, Komatsu makes The Komatsu Way easy to understand and relevant to local conditions, while being mindful of the differences among customs and cultures.
Furthermore, by utilizing ICT (Information Communication Technology), Komatsu employees all over the world can browse Komatsu Way related information though a global portal site. Every month, the "K-Way.net" is sent out which posts Komatsu Way analects, expositions, and employee stories of actual experiences relating these topics.
In 2011, Komatsu distributed a revised edition of The Komatsu Way to all Group employees. This edition was revised to make the established values and way of thinking more comprehensible by increasing the number of case studies, together with introducing Komatsu's approach to Brand Management. (Note:) Mindset on Komatsu's Brand Management: Heightening the trust of customers. In other words, "making us indispensable to our customers" and make us their continued partner of choice.
To strengthen the ability of employees worldwide to improve their performance, the Komatsu Group uses Total Quality Management (TQM), cultivated within the Group over the years, along with education and training to raise the level of professional capabilities, such as specific technological or specialist skills and managerial ability. Debriefing sessions are held at each employee rank, with participants reporting on the skills they have improved and receiving practical guidance. Such sessions help employees more fully acquire knowledge and skills from their education and training and help them utilize these newly acquired skills during operations. In this way, the Group continues to promote the enhancement of the individual abilities of the employee, as well as their ability to organize and integrate through teamwork. This results in a corporate structure capable of responding rapidly to changes in the operational environment.
Compact Hydraulic Excavators, Compact Wheel Loaders
Komatsu designs purpose built machines and specialty attachments for waste, material handling and other applications
Wheeled Harversters, Forwarders, Track Feller Bunchers, Track Feller Harvesters, Harvesting Heads
Internal Combustion (Cushion and Pneumatic), Electric (Three Wheel and Four Wheel Counterbalanced), and Narrow Aisle (Single and Double Reach)
History and Heritage
Our American Roots
Although Komatsu started marketing its products in the 1960’s in the United States, our North American operations were established in 1970 with a fresh vision for the industry. Our goal was to become more than just a supplier of superior construction equipment. We made a commitment to become a trusted partner that could provide ongoing support to every customer. Today, Komatsu America is the second-largest, fully-integrated manufacturer and supplier of construction equipment in North America with a reputation for reliability that’s second to none. We have built a network of manufacturing plants and parts. We manufacture many units in the United States to serve this market.
Komatsu America Corp. (KAC) manufactures and markets a full line of integrated construction equipment from the smallest compact construction size to the largest mining size. Our product line includes intelligent Machine Control, hydraulic excavators, wheel loaders, crawler dozers, off-highway trucks, and motor graders. All KAC groups are supported by Komatsu Parts and Service and can be financed through Komatsu Financial.
Our company was named after the city Komatsu, located in the Ishikawa Prefecture of the Hokuriku region in Japan. The actual name "Komatsu" translates into English as "little pine tree" and, according to legend, dates back to the middle of the Heian period (794-1192). At that time, the monk-emperor Kazan planted a pine sapling during a tour of the Hokuriku region, and the area where it grew came to be called "sono no komatsubara" ("small-pine field with gardens"). This name is said to have been shortened to "Komatsu".
When "Komatsu Iron Works" separated from "Takeuchi Mining Co." in 1921 to become "Komatsu Ltd.", the first logo that was chosen to represent the new-born company also symbolised this small pine tree. Our logo underwent many modifications over the years, but remained faithful to its original "little pine tree" look until the late nineteen-nineties, when a major change was decided, and the current lettering adopted.
Today, the Komatsu logo is still the most basic design representing the Komatsu brand. It reflects the Komatsu image of reliability, stability, and strength. The well-balanced sophistication of the logo, the unique design of the letter "T" and the deep, vivid Gloria Blue colour symbolize a bold corporate character and a leader in technological innovation.