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Q7.Would you elaborate on the growth strategies based on innovation, which you have positioned as one of the basic strategies in the new mid-range management plan?

To answer your question, we are going to change customers and our own businesses through innovation in order to create new earnings sources.

One example is our Autonomous Haulage System (AHS). Our world’s first AHS driverless dump trucks have helped our mining customers improve safety and productivity at their mines since their commercial deployment in 2008, and with them we have created a new business model in the form of supporting their remote fleet management.

930E-AT driverless dump truck in Australia

In April this year, we exhibited our medium-sized Machine Control D61PXi bulldozer, and medium-sized Machine Control PC210LCi hydraulic excavator (under development) at the Bauma international trade fair for construction equipment in Munich, Germany. These ICT-intensive models are equipped with fully automatic control of their working gears according to construction design data and 3-D GNSS information for the first time in the world. These models will not only dramatically streamline construction and surveying tasks but will also enable remote guidance of daily work based on design data; daily management of work progress, such as measurement of moved earth and survey after work ; and process planning, all by consolidating machine operating information to KOMTRAX. In other words, they will transform construction jobsites into a "manufacturing plant floor" and enable detailed management of work by making everything "visible." (For more information, go to the feature section.)

Whether it may be construction and mining equipment or the industrial machinery domain, we are going to reinforce our DANTOTSU products, service and solutions, all which are designed to make machines and the work process "visible" by taking full advantage of ICT, We will be getting more involved in our customers’ jobsites as a manufacturer and learn completely about our customers’ work so that we can create innovation together with them in order to improve their productivity and safety. In this manner, we will develop new business opportunities and strive for future growth.

To realize such innovation, we will, of course, not only continue efforts to enhance our in-house technology development capability, but also proactively look into collaboration with companies having leading-edge ICT expertise, as well as with academia.

D61PXi Machine Control bulldozer (center) and PC210LCi hydraulic excavator (right) at Bauma

Komatsu Industries Corp. launched the KFL Series fiber laser-cutting machine in May 2013. This series features an in-house developed oscillator, with a cutting speed of the world’s top level (1.0 mm-thick stainless sheet) and about 80% reduction in running costs (compared to our conventional model)