WABCO is the company which first introduced the Komatsu brand in Australia, and whose heritage remains deeply embedded in our DNA today, particularly our mining equipment.
The history of WABCO (Westinghouse Air Brake Company) in Australia spans 41 years, starting with the formation of LeTourneau (Australia) Pty Ltd in July 1941, established as a subsidiary of R G LeTourneau Inc of Peoria, Illinois, USA.
The equipment lines manufactured by LeTourneau Westinghouse/WABCO contributed greatly to the development of post-war Australia and the company subsequently became the largest manufacturer of earthmoving equipment in the country.
The Australian manufacturing entity at Rydalmere was known as WABCO Australia Pty Ltd, while its sales and service distribution network was known as WABCO Distribution Australia Pty Ltd, and located at Villawood just a few blocks from Komatsu Australia's head office in Fairfield today.
It's worth noting that from 1960 to 1980, WABCO contributed greatly to Australia's development, particularly its mining industry.
To read moreclick here and proceed to page 27, 'WABCO Komatsu's forerunner in Australia'