Komatsu UK is 25 Years Old!

So 25 years ago in 1987 Prince Charles opened Komatsu UK in Birtley. Staff celebrated in style with the whole work force in excess of of 400, the BBC TV, Tyne Tees TV, R&B Group (and me!) all in one room!

After press interviews outside in the rain there was a lunch and a factory tour for key figures. Later there were speakers to all who work at Komatsu UK, by Mick Henry, The Leader of Gateshead Council and Peter Howe, Komatsu UK MD and Chairman of Komatsu Europe. The workers looked really proud and very happy to work there which made it easy to capture the big moments and the smaller ones too!

Happy Birthday Komatsu UK!

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komatsu uk is 25 years old

komatsu uk is 25 years old this week

Komatsu UK Staff Olympics 2012

Komatsu recently held its 2012 Staff Olympics with the prize for the lucky winners of a trip to Japan! I love being on the factory floor and it was fascinating to watch them compete with their various assembly skills… here are some shots from the day… an interesting insight into how these amazing machines are created!

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