August Business News

August 2010 Vol. 65 No. 8
Leo Hawkes of Volvo Financial Services.

Wacker Neuson, Caterpillar
Caterpillar, Peoria, IL and Wacker Neuson SE, Munich, Germany, have signed an alliance agreement under which Wacker Neuson will design, manufacture, sell and support Caterpillar mini hydraulic excavators in the under three-ton category.

The alliance agreement calls for Wacker Neuson to leverage its manufacturing and product development capability to produce Caterpillar mini hydraulic excavators in the under three-ton category at its production plant in Linz, Austria. Caterpillar currently offers three models in this size range. The machines will be produced to Caterpillar’s specifications and will be distributed and supported via Caterpillar’s global dealer network, with the exception of Japan. All Caterpillar models will be clearly differentiated from comparable Wacker Neuson models in the same product range.

Komatsu plans to celebrate its 90th Anniversary in May 2011, which will include several anniversary commemorative projects designed to promote further growth of the company’s technology and work force.

These projects include the establishment of a new training center on the former Komatsu Plant site in Komatsu City, Japan; the construction of a new development center on the Osaka Plant site, Hirakata City, Japan; and the establishment of a KC Techno Center in Changzhou City, China.

In March, the company transferred and consolidated production of its large presses from the Komatsu Plant to the Kanazawa Plant. The company plans to open the new training center in May 2011 and consolidate its in-house training programs and training of service engineers there. Komatsu says it is working to develop new programs and training materials for its service engineers and the new center will play the important role as a globalized training base. A conference building under construction adjacent to the new training center will accommodate a diverse range of multi-national meetings.

In addition to developing and manufacturing its PC200 and other medium-sized and large hydraulic excavators and bulldozers, the company says its Osaka Plant will provide information concerning global technology development and manufacturing process reforms.