Komatsu Australia has announced the official opening and commissioning of its all-new, state of the art regional headquarters at Wacol, south-west of Brisbane.
The project, which is expected to exceed $55 million in expenditures, employed 400 workers during the construction phase, with the facility creating more than 150 permanent employment opportunities at the Wacol site.
A one-stop shop for Queensland customers, the facility will house sales, service, assembly and remanufacturing of mining and construction equipment. The site will also feature Komatsu’s Condition Monitoring Services’ oil-testing laboratories.
Managing Director of Komatsu Australia Limited, Sean Taylor, said the new facility was the company’s single biggest investment in Australia to date.
“The commissioning of our all-new Wacol facility is an important milestone in the strategic expansion of Komatsu’s nationwide sales and service network,” he said.
The “operational hub” will also house Komatsu Australia’s Mining Division head office, servicing customers through a world-class mechanical component remanufacturing centre.
In a statement from the company, the Wacol site has 40 per cent more capacity and will assemble up to 70 “Ultra-class” mining dump trucks each year, with the facility strategically located and built to better service customers in the rapidly expanding Queensland resource sector.
“We have a very positive outlook for the local resource and construction markets, and have made the development of Wacol as a customer service facility a key infrastructure priority for Komatsu.
A corporate commitment to sustainable development within the industry has guided the company’s decision regarding the facility, which has been designed with ‘a number of advanced, environmentally friendly features.’
“We are proud of these environmental measures – and they are a shining example of Komatsu’s global efforts to reduce our ecological footprint,” Mr Taylor said.