History

history

Our American Roots

Although Komatsu started marketing its products in the 1960’s in the United States, our North American operations were established in 1970 with a fresh vision for the industry. Our goal was to become more than just a supplier of superior construction equipment. We made a commitment to become a trusted partner that could provide ongoing support to every customer. Today, Komatsu America is the second-largest, fully-integrated manufacturer and supplier of construction equipment in North America with a reputation for reliability that’s second to none. We have built a network of manufacturing plants and parts. We manufacture many units in the United States to serve this market.

Komatsu America Corp. (KAC) manufactures and markets a full line of integrated construction equipment from the smallest compact construction size to the largest mining size. Our product line includes intelligent Machine Control, hydraulic excavators, wheel loaders, crawler dozers, off-highway trucks, and motor graders. All KAC groups are supported by Komatsu Parts and Service and can be financed through Komatsu Financial.

Our Heritage

Komatsu

Our company was named after the city Komatsu, located in the Ishikawa Prefecture of the Hokuriku region in Japan. The actual name "Komatsu" translates into English as "little pine tree" and, according to legend, dates back to the middle of the Heian period (794-1192). At that time, the monk-emperor Kazan planted a pine sapling during a tour of the Hokuriku region, and the area where it grew came to be called "sono no komatsubara" ("small-pine field with gardens"). This name is said to have been shortened to "Komatsu".

When "Komatsu Iron Works" separated from "Takeuchi Mining Co." in 1921 to become "Komatsu Ltd.", the first logo that was chosen to represent the new-born company also symbolised this small pine tree. Our logo underwent many modifications over the years, but remained faithful to its original "little pine tree" look until the late nineteen-nineties, when a major change was decided, and the current lettering adopted.

Today, the Komatsu logo is still the most basic design representing the Komatsu brand. It reflects the Komatsu image of reliability, stability, and strength. The well-balanced sophistication of the logo, the unique design of the letter "T" and the deep, vivid Gloria Blue colour symbolize a bold corporate character and a leader in technological innovation.