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Komatsu Forest drop Valmet name.

Post #1 by IBH » Fri Jan 28, 2011 4:05 pm

Komatsu press release:

After a little more than seven years with Japanese Komatsu Ltd as its owner and a strong focus on quality, it's time for forest machine manufacturer Komatsu Forest to take the next step. The machines are changing name from Valmet to Komatsu, but their distinctive red color will remain.

"We are proud that our forest machines are now full members of the Komatsu family, and ultimate validation is that they will be called Komatsu," says Toshio Miyake, CEO of Komatsu Forest.

The red forest machines have been on the market for almost 50 years. The first machine for working the forest was launched way back at the beginning of the 1960s, signaling the start of our specialization in forest machine development. Now it's time for the next stage of our evolution.

"I am confident that the change of name to Komatsu will entail added value for forest contractors, who will benefit from a number of advantages of working with a strong, reliable company with even clearer ties to a large conglomerate," says Toshio Miyake.

Parallel to the machines changing name, the company is also launching two new harvesters, the Komatsu 931.1 and the Komatsu 911.5, both of which boast – among other things – a completely new engine with optimized combustion, reduced emissions, and considerably lower fuel consumption – as much as 16 percent lower when compared to today's Stage 3/Tier 3 engines.

Komatsu Forest combines years of dedication to the forest, an understanding of the conditions under which contractors work, and a genuine passion for technical innovation with the Japanese industrial tradition and its extensive experience of effective quality assurance work at all stages.

"We know what quality means, and we understand the unique demands faced both today and in the future. As a forest specialist, we listen to our customers, and for many years to come, we'll be able to deliver productive machines. We're going to set a completely new quality standard for the market. We call it Forestry Quality," says Toshio


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