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Social Contribution Activities

Contribution to Local Communities in Japan

Each business unit of Komatsu is engaged in communication with their local communities and initiatives to address various social issues.

Opening Komatsu's Facilities to the Public

In addition to opening up its gymnasium, field, tennis courts and other recreational facilities, Komatsu hosts events to foster harmony and a spirit of coexistence with local communities.

Number of Users of Komatsu's Sports, Lodging and Meeting Facilities, etc., for the Year (in Japan)

FY2012 FY2013 FY2014
37,249 37,768 41,521
Read more about “Open Plant” events:

Kids' Tour of Working Vehicles at the Komatsu Techno Center

Twice a year, the Komatsu Techno Center in the city of Izu in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan runs a Kids' Tour of Working Vehicles, which allows the children to come into direct contact with large construction equipment.
Through this tour Komatsu hopes to foster children's dreams and furnish an opportunity for parents and children to play together, thereby encouraging a deeper understanding of construction equipment and Komatsu's corporate ideal.

Number of Participants in the Kids' Tour of Working Vehicles

FY2012 FY2013 FY2014
1,492 1,302 1,254
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Developing the Next Generation in the Komatsu-no-Mori

The Komatsu-no-Mori (“Komatsu Green Park”) opened in Komatsu City, Ishikawa Prefecture in May 2011 to celebrate Komatsu's 90th anniversary. In addition to offering opportunities there for children to experience mechanical technologies and become more familiar with science, Komatsu transformed a section of the park into a re-created “satoyama” woodland and provides a space for children to observe nature, including how plants grow. As of October 2014, a total of 200,000 people have visited the park.

Number of Komatsu-no-Mori Visitors

FY2012 FY2013 FY2014
43,524 49,196 62,671
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Teaching how to grow flowers to kindergarten students

Supporting the Agriculture and Forestry Industries

Komatsu City in Ishikawa Prefecture is the birthplace of Komatsu. The Company supports the local agriculture and forestry industries there to contribute to maintaining the community's vitality.

(1) Improvement of Agricultural Land and Promotion of Direct Seeding Using Intelligent Machine Control Bulldozers

Leveling work by an intelligent machine control bulldozer
Leveling work by an intelligent machine control bulldozer
Good quality rice is produced in Ishikawa Prefecture. In recent years, however, the profitability of growing rice has been significantly weakened in the wake of declining demand and falling prices. As one solution to this problem, Komatsu is working to improve agricultural land and reduce rice production costs, using construction machines in collaboration with the Ishikawa Prefectural Government.
Komatsu is striving to make the surface of rice fields high and evenly flat, using intelligent machine control bulldozers. Leveling the surface of rice fields results in more stable growth as well as improved yield and quality. Use of the technology also lowers rice production costs by shifting from the transplanting of seedlings to direct seeding.

(2) Use of Thinnings and Biomass Power Generation

Biomass boiler (Awazu plant)
Biomass boiler (Awazu plant)
Komatsu signed a partnership agreement with the Ishikawa Prefectural Government and the Ishikawa Prefectural Forestry Cooperative to process forest thinnings in the community into wood chips and has been effectively use them, thereby establishing a recycling system for the forestry industry and revitalizing the community.
At the Awazu Plant, Komatsu installed a biomass boiler that uses wood chips as fuel. The company has built an advanced co-generation system to efficiently use electricity and heat from hot water and is working to reduce plant energy consumption (electricity, gas and heavy oil) and CO2 emissions. Komatsu is also contributing to the revitalization of the local industry by commissioning the development of highly productive chip production equipment to local companies.
Read more about the efforts made at the Awazu Plant:

(3) Shift of Local Agriculture to the “Sixth Industry” Model

Retort-packed curry made from tomato puree
Retort-packed curry made from tomato puree
The main agricultural products of Komatsu City are barley, tomatoes and carrots, and the city is required to increase the income of farmers by stimulating demand for these products.
Komatsu signed a partnership agreement with the Komatsu City Government and JA Komatsu City to shift the local agricultural business into a “Sixth Industry” model by incorporating the processing of barley, tomatoes and other produce into puree and various processed foods for sale. Komatsu applied its production expertise to review the puree equipment and successfully cut puree production costs in half by replacing the equipment with low-cost, commercially available equipment, enabling JA Komatsu City to turn the processing of puree into a business. Puree is being sold not only in local stores, but also through various sales channels, thereby further reinforcing the vitality of the local economy.

(4) Year-Round Cultivation of Tomatoes Using ICT-based Agriculture

ICT-equipped greenhouse
ICT-equipped greenhouse
While tomatoes are widely cultivated in Komatsu City, regional climate conditions limit harvests to the spring and autumn. Komatsu has collected environmental data (temperature, humidity, amount of sunlight and CO2 concentration) from ICT-equipped greenhouses in collaboration with JA Komatsu City. This has allowed for visualization of previously unavailable data, which can be used to improve cultivation management. Komatsu will work to realize year-round cultivation using air conditioning with underground water, biomass boilers and other Komatsu technologies.