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Komatsu investment opens in Queensland

The facility will service Queensland customers with sales, service, assembly and remanufacturing of mining and construction equipment on-site.

Komatsu?s new Wacol site can assemble up to 70 ?ultra-class? mining dump trucks a year.

The ?operational hub? houses Komatsu Australia?s Mining Division head office, and services customers through a world-class mechanical component remanufacturing centre.

The site also features Komatsu?s Condition Monitoring Services? oil-testing laboratories.

Sean Taylor, the managing director of Komatsu Australia Limited, said the Wacol facility was the company?s single biggest investment in Australia to date. The project cost in excess of $55 million.

The site has six main buildings across 61,000m2 of land.

Three central buildings house office, mining and construction machine assembly, service workshop and remanufacturing functions, with a fully enclosed wash bay building, boiler-maker and track press shop, and an extensive paint-shop.

Two Komatsu 930E (290-tonne payload) mining dump trucks can be painted at once in the paint shop, which is the largest spray booth of its type in the southern hemisphere. Its fully enclosed design prevents the release of harmful paint toxins into the atmosphere.

Rainwater harvesting, energy-efficient lighting, temperature-controlling insulation and a bio-retention basin are all featured on-site.

The Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council supported the establishment of the new facility, with a view towards the long-term economic development of southwest Brisbane.

?In the next five years we plan to extend this philosophy to a number of new and existing sites, beginning with a major upgrade of the Mackay (Queensland) facility later in 2012,? said Taylor. ?We?re renovating and expanding our footprint in Mackay to increase production of the 960E model mining dump truck by 75 per cent.

?We?re also building a brand new customer support facility in Mackay which features a new parts warehouse and workshop ? doubling our current capacity.?

Source: Komatsu Australia

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