In 1938, the Awazu Plant opened in Komatsu City, Ishikawa Prefecture, as a production base for tractors and agricultural equipment.
For 85 years, this huge facility has played a central role as our main manufacturing center, mirroring the global growth and evolution of Komatsu.
Born in Komatsu City - the birthplace of Komatsu, the Awazu Plant strongly has inherited the spirit of the company's founding, and leads the way in both production and responding to environmental issues,
Originally established as a subsidiary for maintaining mining equipment for its parent Yusenji Copper Mine, Komatsu Iron Works was spun off, giving birth to Komatsu Ltd.
in 1921. Named after its birthplace in Komatsu City, Ishikawa Prefecture, our company was founded by Meitaro Takeuchi, a well-known entrepreneur with extraordinary vision who was determined to take Japanese industry to a globally competitive level.
It was in 1900 that Meitaro Takeuchi first became aware of the world and the challenges ahead.
At the Paris Exposition, a world’s fair of commerce, technology and culture hosted in Paris, France, he witnessed marvelous advances in mechanical technology from around the world.
This experience inspired his strong belief that “a nation cannot develop without developing industry,” and from the Meiji Era through the Taisho Period, it continued to fuel his dreams and passion to advance his nation’s industry.
His goal was to make Komatsu a global competitor.
At that time, Meitaro Takeuchi expressed his business ideals in the following guidelines:
• Completely ensure that there are no excessive or idling facilities and equipment
• Provide perfect products with no defects
• Never neglect research
• Think of the future and train as many people as possible
• Manufacture products with as few people as possible
• Determine export potential after estimating future domestic production
• Profits are of secondary importance
Still today, the philosophy of Takeuchi Meitaro is a vibrant and relevant legacy in Komatsu.
It can be said that it is embodied in Komatsu's DNA: the creation of world-class technology that empowers us to compete on the global stage.
In 2023, we put the challenging times of the waves of the coronavirus pandemic behind us and held "Factory Open House Day" at the Awazu Plant, inviting the local community to visit for the first time in four years.
During the event, we exhibited pioneering machines that have become historic milestones in the plant’s long 85-year history as well as displayed our latest cutting-edge construction machinery.
For Komatsu fans and construction machinery enthusiasts, this was a joyous and long-awaited event. Children's eyes sparkled with wonder at the sight of the construction