"Throughout 2015 the company will be reviewing the history of Komatsu in Australia"
During 2015, Komatsu Australia will celebrate 50 continuous years of selling, servicing and supporting its equipment in Australia.
In August 1965, LeTourneau Westinghouse (later known as Wabco Australia Pty Ltd and with the co-operation of C Itoh) was appointed nationwide distributor, and began selling Komatsu dozers to customers around Australia some whom are still customers today.
Komatsu products quickly developed widespread industry acceptance for their quality, reliability and productivity, which saw the brand and the range of products available expand quickly.
Since the foundation of Komatsu in Australia 50 years ago, the company has seen remarkable expansion and growth of its operations including over 50 branches and service depots and various assembly facilities and remanufacturing centres in major cities across Australia.
As part of its celebrations of this significant milestone, throughout 2015 the company will be reviewing the history of Komatsu in Australia, from the earliest days of selling just a few machines, to where it is today, as one of the largest suppliers to the country's construction, mining, quarrying, utility, local government and related industry sectors.
It will also be highlighting the earliest machines sold in Australia, some of which are still operating, as well as recognising some of its oldest and most loyal customers.
If anyone knows the whereabouts of old Komatsu machines, or of Komatsu customers from the early days, please contact Wafaa Ghaliwghali@komatsu.com.au.