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 Shots for Product Brochures

A few months back I created a few sets of images for the various Komatsu machines that needed new photography. I was shooting on the Uk site in Birtley and on the agenda was a bulldozer, a dumper truck and a huge crawler excavator, so big it has a 6ft bucket!

I had a go driving each one after the shots were completed! Obviously. Digging a hole in the ground with an excavator, driving at a 90 degree angle to the ground on a muddy hill and transporting several tons of earth about in a truck is unbelievably exciting! Yep I am a machine nerd and an adrenaline junkie! (Don’t even get me started on how exciting I find the factory production lines… pics to come!)

komatsu D65 bulldozer photos

komatsu dumper trucks 400 & 300 models

komatsu pc700 crawler excavator pics

And just for fun, to get a feel of how big the PC700 is see how small I look in the bucket! These beautiful machines are BEASTS!!!!

me in komatsu d700 bucket!