About: History

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Events related to products

1960's

1962

Illings displays a Komatsu D80-6 bulldozer at the Rand Easter Show.
Komatsu D80-6 bulldozer
1963

Illings sells D80-6 and D50-11 bulldozers in South Africa.
Komatsu D80-6 Bulldozer
1969

Illings is bought by Anglo American from holding company McCarthy Rodway.
Anglo American

1970's

1970


Komatsu Ltd opens a liaison office in Johannesburg.

Komatsu original logo

1976


Anglo American and Chrysler announce the formation of the Sigma Motor Corporation. Illings is incorporated into the new company.

Sigma Motor Corporation

1979


Sigma Power Corporation is established as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Sigma Motor Corporation and the official Komatsu distributor.

Sigma Power Corporation

1980's

1984

Sigma Power Corporation establishes the first national Parts Distribution Centre (PDC) in Port Elizabeth.
Sigma Corp parts distribution centre
1986

Introduction of Komatfin finance facilities.
Komatfin Pty Logo

1990's

1991

Formation of Komdresco, a joint venture between Netherlands-registered Indresco and Amquip (Pty) Ltd.
Komdreso Logo
1995

Komatsu Ltd acquires 50% of Komdresco and Komatsu Southern Africa is established.
Komatsu South Africa Logo
1997

Komatsu Ltd increases its shareholding to 80%, with the remaining 20% acquired by the Itochu Corporation.
Itochu Corporate Logo
1997

Komatsu Botswana is established as a subsidiary company.
Komatsu Botswana
1998

Komatsu Namibia is established as a subsidiary company.
Komatsu Namibia
1999

Komatsu South Africa becomes a global repair and Remanufacturing centre alongside the United States, Indonesia, Japan, Australia and the UK.
Komatsu first REMAN centre

2000's

2001

Komatsu’s global business marks the 80th anniversary of its founding company, Komatsu Iron Works.
Komatsu Iron Works
2003

Komatsu Ltd grants Komatsu Southern Africa regional responsibility for neighbouring markets, including Angola, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Zambia.
Komatsu expands into Africa
2003

Komatsu Southern Africa receives the greatest honour that can be bestowed by Komatsu Ltd, the Presidential Award. This is granted in recognition of the company’s outstanding marketing achievements.
Komatsu RSA receives presidential award
2005

Komatsu Namibia Mining is established as a subsidiary company.
Komatsu Namibia Mining establishment

2010's

2010

Komatsu Zambia is established as a subsidiary company.
Komatsu Zambia first established
2012

The unveiling of the multi-million rand Komatsu Southern Africa Parts Distribution Centre.
Komatsu parts distribution centre in isando
2012

50th anniversary of Komatsu equipment in South Africa.
50th anniversary of Komatsu equipment in South Africa.
2013

Komatsu Southern Africa receives its second Presidential Award, this time in the category ‘Excellent Management’.
Komatsu Southern Africa receives its second Presidential Award, this time in the category ‘Excellent Management’.
2014

Komatsu introduces black ownership through the Komatsu Development Trust
Komatsu development trust
2015

Komatsu opens a new world-class technical training centre
Komatsu opens a new world-class technical training centre
2016

Komatsu Mozambique is established (100% subsidiary of Komatsu Africa Holdings)
Komatsu Mozambique logo
2017

Start construction of new Komatsu Campus in Gauteng, east of Johannesburg. (Consolidation of Head Office, Workshop, Training Centre, Reman and Parts Distribution Centre all on one central 300 000m3 campus in Germiston)
Komatsu Breaks Ground on new Campus in Germiston
2017

Komatsu invests in Mineware.
Komatsu invests in Mineware
2017

Komatsu Ltd acquires Joy Global and renamed to Komatsu Mining Corporation.
Komatsu acquires Joy Global
2018

The new 300,000m2 Komatsu Campus is officially opened by South African Minister of Trade and Industry Dr Rob Davies, Tetsuji Ohashi, CEO and president of Komatsu Ltd, Japan, and managing director of Komatsu Africa Holdings Mike Blom. Parts Distribution Ce
Komatsu official opening of new Campus in Sunnyrock Germiston
2019

Komatsu starts building its new Remanufacturing centre (Reman) at the Komatsu Campus.
Komatu new REMAN centre breaking ground
2019

Komatsu Africa Holdings wins the global company’s Presidential Award for its Technical Education for Communities Programme. (TEC programme)
Komatsu Presidential Award TEC Programme
2019

Komatsu completes its Komatsu Foundation Trust broad-based black economic empowerment transaction.
Komatsu Foundation Trust Logo