Kobelco expands mini excavator production capacity

By Andy Brown03 May 2022

Kobelco Construction Machinery (KCM) has announced that it will expand the production capacity of its Ogaki Plant in Japan, which produces mini-excavators, in order to adapt quickly to the changing business environment.

The new hydraulic excavator assembly line at Ogaki Plant will have a capacity of 3,000 units a year. KCM is also increasing the plant’s fabrication capacity in order to increase the plant’s production capacity from 8,500 to 11,500 units a year.

The new assembly line will handle the 7-ton machines, which are also manufactured at Itsukaichi Plant in Hiroshima, and the 5-ton machines, which are also manufactured at the Ogaki Plant’s existing line. The company says this will establish a mutually complementary production system with Itsukaichi Plant, enabling flexible production according to the changes in the number of machines.

In a press release, the company noted that although global demand for hydraulic excavators declined due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it has been mostly steady in the advanced countries and the segment is expected to see good growth in the future.

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