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Review of Operations

Construction, Mining and Utility Equipment


Segment Profit and Ratio

Sales by Ragion for the Fiscal Year ended March 31, 2013 (To Outside Customers)

By region

With respect to construction equipment, while demand increased in North America and Japan from the previous fiscal year, Chinese demand for hydraulic excavators dropped considerably. As a result, global demand remained sluggish. On the mining equipment market, centering on Indonesia, while demand for equipment declined as adversely affected by the falling price of coal, demand increased steadily for equipment, as well as parts and service from the previous year, especially in Latin America and Oceania. With this background, consolidated sales of construction, mining and utility equipment decreased by 3.7% from the previous fiscal year, to JPY1,679.5 billion (USD17,868 million). Segment profit declined by 15.2% to JPY208.9 billion (USD2,223 million).

To further enhance profitability and reinforce its corporate strength, Komatsu continued efforts to increase selling prices, reduce production costs and improve operations designed to flexibly respond to changes in foreign exchange rates and market demand. Komatsu also worked to reinforce its aftermarket business by improving its strategic parts operation which includes buckets and teeth, the demand for which is strong, especially in Strategic Markets and the mining industry, as well as its Reman operations. With respect to production operation, Komatsu embarked on full-scale efforts to cut down electric power consumption at all plants in Japan during the fiscal year under review.

With respect to product development, Komatsu continued its efforts on products which feature advantages in the areas of environmental friendliness and fuel economy. Following North America and Europe, Komatsu launched new emission standards-compliant models in Japan in July last year. Combined with these models, Komatsu began offering the Komatsu CARE, a new service program designed to reduce the total lifecycle costs of these models and prolong machine life. Komatsu also continued to expand sales of HB205 and HB215LC hybrid hydraulic excavators worldwide, and topped cumulative sales of 2,000 units in March this year. In the forklift truck business, Komatsu launched sales of FH Series hydrostatic-driven forklift trucks in Japan in July last year, which feature Komatsu's technological expertise in hydraulic control accumulated and refined for construction equipment over the years. With steady orders received since then, Komatsu embarked on overseas sales in February 2013.

JapanSince around 2000, the volume of surplus used equipment exported from Japan, had surpassed demand for new equipment. It has now bottomed out, and demand has grown for construction equipment for use in restoration and reconstruction, centering on rental companies, since the Great East Japan Earthquake. As a result, demand steadily grew and sales increased from the previous fiscal year. Concerning new emission standards-compliant models, Komatsu has launched 30 models in total since July 2012 and has worked to expand sales in Japan. In solid collaboration with its distributors, Komatsu has also continued to increase the retail prices of all major models from the previous fiscal year.
North AmericaDemand grew from the previous fiscal year, supported by increased demand in the housing sector, as well as strong demand in the rental and energy development industries. With respect to new emission standards-compliant models, Komatsu has aggressively been introducing them by combining them with the Komatsu CARE program. As a result, these models have moved up to the top 70% of total sales of new Komatsu equipment on a unit basis. In response to strong demand for rental equipment, Komatsu worked to reinforce distributors' rental equipment business. As a result of these efforts, Komatsu increased sales from the previous fiscal year.
EuropeAs demand remained sluggish, even in the major markets of Germany, France and the United Kingdom, sales decreased from the previous fiscal year. While steadily advancing the market introduction of new emission standards-compliant models, Komatsu concerted efforts to prepare for the launching of ICT-intensive construction equipment, designed to automate construction, in Europe in the current fiscal year ending March 31, 2014.
Latin AmericaDemand for mining equipment remained strong, centering on copper mines in Chile and Peru, while demand for construction equipment was sluggish in Brazil, the largest market of the region. As a result, overall demand for equipment was firm. Komatsu capitalized on strong demand for mining equipment and pushed sales for the year up to a record-high level.
CISDemand remained firm, especially in gold mines, and sales increased from the previous fiscal year. Komatsu has reached agreements with Pacific National University and Far Eastern Federal University to collaborate in human resource development for construction, mining and road construction equipment. In October 2012, Pacific National University began the first course.
ChinaAlthough the government introduced credit-easing measures, there were still no clear signs for new infrastructure development start-ups in the fiscal year under review. Demand for hydraulic excavators plunged considerably from the previous fiscal year, and sales dropped drastically from the previous fiscal year. In response to this sharp decline in demand, Komatsu focused its efforts on assessing retail market conditions right away and maintaining an appropriate level of inventories, by maximizing the use of the KOMTRAX (Komatsu Machine Tracking System). As there are some signs of demand bottoming out at last, Komatsu has recovered post-Chinese New Year sales of hydraulic excavators to the level of the previous year on a unit basis, partly reflecting the market introduction of new 20-ton class hydraulic excavators in February 2013, designed particularly for a fuel economy.
AsiaWhile demand advanced for use in the reconstruction of areas damaged by the flood last year in Thailand, demand plummeted drastically for large, medium-sized and small equipment for use in mines in Indonesia, the largest market of Southeast Asia, particularly affected by the falling price of thermal coal. As a result, sales dropped sharply from the previous fiscal year.
OceaniaDemand for mining equipment for use in iron ore mines, as well as for construction equipment, remained steady, and sales increased from the previous fiscal year. Concerning the large-scale project to deliver driverless dump trucks to iron ore mines in Australia, under a Memorandum of Understanding signed by Rio Tinto and Komatsu in November 2011, Komatsu and Rio Tinto have continued to make steady and sound progress for success as a solid team.
Middle EastSales declined from the previous fiscal year, particularly affected by sluggish demand in Turkey, the major market of the region. In October last year, Komatsu opened a new distribution base in Dubai and worked to reduce inventories of distributors and shorten delivery time. In Saudi Arabia, with promising growth in demand, Komatsu signed a new distribution contract with a leading local company in December last year.
AfricaSales increased from the previous fiscal year, supported by firm demand for equipment for use in gold mines in particular. Komatsu also continued to strengthen its sales and product support operations by opening new parts depots, jointly with distributors in southern Africa and implementing other measures, in order to improve its spare parts delivery operation. As part of its brand management activities, Komatsu made efforts jointly with a mining customer in South Africa to reduce the fuel consumption of machines owned by the customer by analyzing KOMTRAX information.
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