[Reducing power consumption in half and doubling productivity per floor space]New Assembly Plant Begins Operation at the Awazu Plant

Komatsu Ltd. (President and CEO: Tetsuji Ohashi) (hereinafter "Komatsu") today announced that Komatsu completed the construction of a new assembly plant and began production* at the Awazu Plant, one of its main production plants in Japan, in May. By consolidating two old plant buildings, both built over 40 years ago, the new plant features leading-edge energy-saving facilities, ICT and manufacturing engineering. It is a next-generation assembly plant of the future with DANTOTSU (unrivaled) environmental performance and productivity.
The new assembly plant is designed to cut down electric power consumption to half from FY2010 by consolidating two buildings at one plant and introducing cutting-edge energy-saving facilities. Together with biomass and solar panel power generation scheduled to start operation in December this year, Komatsu is working to reduce purchase power amount by over 90% from FY2010.
The new assembly plant also features a unique pit structure for the entire shop floor. With all utility facilities, such as power sources, cables and pipes, as well as assembly equipment, installed in the underground pit, the plant achieves a totally flat floor. By expanding the distance among pillars on the floor (max. 32 meters), Komatsu has secured plenty of space for production. The length of two assembly lines has been shortened by modularizing parts in teamwork with suppliers. Furthermore, by applying ICT and automating the inspection procedure of construction equipment after roll off, Komatsu is expecting to double the productivity per area of the new plant.
In addition to continuing conventional efforts to minimize environmental impact by reducing CO2 emissions, Komatsu has engaged in the project to cut down electric power consumption to half and production costs substantially at all plants in Japan. It has been doing this by implementing production reforms and consolidating or renewing plant buildings to meet potential nationwide power shortage since the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011. After the Awazu Plant, Komatsu is planning to actively make similar efforts at the Oyama and Tochigi plants in the current fiscal year, and the Osaka Plant later.
*As of May 30, 2014, the assembly line for wheel-type models is completed, and that for crawler-type models is scheduled for completion in July this year.

[New assembly plant]

[Schematic design of the new assembly plant]Pit structure for the entire shop floor (The world's first one for manufacturing plants)

[Outline of the new assembly plant]

Address: Tsu 23, Futsu-machi, Komatsu-shi, Ishikawa, Japan
Floor area: 31,900 m² (28,000 m² for production and 3,900 m²
for offices)
Line of products: Medium-sized and small hydraulic excavators, medium-sized and small wheel loaders, medium-sized and small bulldozers, and motor graders
Invested: Approx. JPY7.8 billion

[Outline of the Awazu Plant]

Address: Tsu 23, Futsu-machi, Komatsu-shi, Ishikawa, Japan
Plant manager: Shuji Yamashita
Site area: 710,000 m²
No. of employees: Approx. 3,000 (As of March 31, 2014,)

Information in the news releases is current on the date of the announcement and is subject to change without notice.


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