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Company History Excavators History

Kobe Steel, Ltd. founded.

1905    
    1930
1930

Produced Japan's first construction machine:50K electric mining shovel

    1936

30K electric dragline

    1946 Steam shovel
    1947 Mechanical excavator(northwest type)
    1949 15K diesel dragline
1955   1952 22K diesel shovel

Acquires crane technology through an agreement with Harnischfeger.

1955    
    1956
1956
255A diesel shovel
    1960 2000th shovel built

Signs technical agreement with the French manufacture Poclain.
Shinko Construction Machinery Institute established in Okubo Plant.

1962    
    1963
1963

First hydraulic wheel excavator:TY45

    1967 H208 hydraulic excavator
    1968
1968

Japan's first 10A mini hydraulic excavator

    1968
1968

Large size YS1000 hydraulic excavator
R Series hydraulic excavators

Participates in the capitalization of Harnischfeger of Australia.

1970    
    1973
1973

LK Series wheel loaders

Sales subsidiary Kobelco International(S) Co.Pte.Ltd. established in Singapore.

1978    
    1979
1979

K Series hydraulic excavators

Central parts terminal completed in Okubo Plant.

1980    

Sales subsidiary Kobelco America Inc. established in Houston,Texas.

1982    

Initiates the OEM supply of cranes to Harnischfeger.

1983 1983
1983

C Series hydraulic excavators

    1985

D Series hydraulic excavators equipped with KPSS

    1987
1987

MARK 2Series hydraulic excavators equipped with swing flasher

American manufacturing subsidiary Kobelco Construction Machinery,Inc.established in Calhoun,Georgia.

1988 1988
1988

SK Series mini excavators(super mini)

    1989

SS1 super mini excavators

  • SK100W wheel excavators
  • MARK 3Series hydraulic excavators equipped with computerized ITCS
1989
1989

Kobelco Construction Machinery(Europe)B.V. established in Netherlands.

1990 1990 UR Series hydraulic excavators
    1992
1992

SK Series mini excavators

    1993
1993

MARK 4 and MARK Series hydraulic excavators

Chengdu Kobelco Construction Machinery Co., Ltd. Established in China.
100,000th hydraulic excavator built.

1994 1994 100,000th hydraulic excavator built

The two U.S. -based companies Kobelco America Inc. (KAI) and Kobelco Construction Machinery (KCM) are merged, creating a new company that retains the name KAI.
The name is changed to Kobelco Construction Machinery America LLC in 2002.

1995    

Thai Kobelco Construction Machinery Ltd. established in Thailand.

1996 1996
1996

SR Series mini excavators

Yutani Heavy Industries (Hiroshima Plant) and Okubo Plant receive ISO9001 certification.

1998 1998
1998

SR Series hydraulic excavators

Kobe Steel's Construction Machinery Division is recognized as an independent company called Kobelco Construction Machinery Co., Ltd.

1999 1999
1999

Dynamic Acera Series hydraulic excavators

Global Alliance agreement signed with CNH Global (Holland) of FIAT Group.

2001    

Hiroshima Plant and Okubo Plant receive ISO14001 certification.
KOBELCO-CNH Australia Pty.Ltd.(Australia), Kobelco Case Construction Machinery(Shanghai) CO., Ltd., and Fiat Kobelco Construction Machinery S.p.A.(Italy) established.

2002 2002
2002

SK 1600D, the world's largest-class building demolition machine.

Kobelco (Shanghai) Construction Machinery Co., Ltd. (Service Center) established.
Chengdu Kobelco Construction Machinery Group Co., Ltd., holding and marketing company, established in China.
Arrangement reached with Toyota Tsusho Corporation to pursue joint operation in China.
Kobelco Construction Machinery Intrenational Trading Co., Ltd. established to market used equipment.
Second manufacturing center, Hangzhou Kobelco Construction Machinery Co., Ltd. (China) established in China.

2003    

Crane division separated and made into an independent company, Kobelco Crane Co., Ltd. (a wholly owned subsidiary of Kobe Steel, Ltd.).

2004 2004
2004

SR-3 Series mini excavators

Opened Ogaki Factory in charge of manufacturing mini excavators.

2006 2006
2006

Participated and displayed the hybrid excavator (monitor machinery) in “INTERMAT 2006” in Paris as a pioneer of the industry.

       
2006

The ultra large machinery for building demolition “SK3500D” which realized the world’s highest work height of over 65 m was listed in Guinness World Records.

       
2006

Fully remodeled the middle-sized hydraulic excavator and realized a 20% reduction of fuel consumption compared to the conventional machinery.

Founded a sales company Kobelco Construction Equipment India Pvt. Ltd. in India.
Founded a mini excavator manufacturing company Chengdu Kobelco Mini Excavator Co., Ltd. in Chengdu, Sichucan in China.
Founded hydraulic excavator manufacturing factory (complete machine factory) in Thailand.

2007 2007

Released short tail swing radius hydraulic excavator which adopted the new cooling system “iNDr”.

Founded a finance company Chengdu Kobelco Construction Machinery FinancialLeasing Co., Ltd. in China.

2008    

Chengdu Kobelco Construction Machinery Co., Ltd. and Chengdu Kobelco Mini Excavator Co., Ltd. were merged and started producing hydraulic excavators ranging from mini, medium to large sizes.
Expanded the factory due to the transfer of Chengdu Kobelco Construction Machinery Co., Ltd.

2009    

Took over the direct sales business of BOMAG JAPAN and become the only one general agency in Japan to handle importing and selling of products by BOMAG.
The new hydraulic excavator factory in Andhra Pradesh, in southeast of India started operation.

2010 2010

Started sales of hybrid hydraulic excavators "SK80H Hybrid (SK80H-2)" in Japan.

       

Backhoes which adopted the ultra-low sound “iNDr” were registered with NETIS by Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.

       
2010

Hybrid hydraulic excavator “SK80H Hybrid (SK80H-2)” received the Minister of the Environment Award for the Prevention of Global Warming.

Announced the construction of Global Engineering Center (GEC) and Itsukaichi Factory.

2011 2011

Backhoes which have the “Auto idle stop function” were registered with NETIS by Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.

Founded Global Engineering Center (GEC) and Itsukaichi Factory.
Termination of global Alliance agreement with CNH Global (Holland ) of FIAT Group.

2012  

Released Hybrid hydraulic excavator "SK200H Hybrid"



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