Kobelco Construction Machinery, Kobelco Cranes to Merge
Kobe Steel, Ltd. and its wholly owned subsidiaries, Kobelco Construction Machinery Co., Ltd. and Kobelco Cranes Co., Ltd., have announced plans to merge the two businesses under Kobelco Construction Machinery Co., Ltd. effective April 1, 2016.
According to the company, the Kobe Steel Group decided to merge the two companies to further strengthen its business foundation and accelerate global development in relation to the construction equipment business. The subsidiaries were originally split into two separate companies in 2004, with both companies specializing in their respective fields in many countries around the world. This merger is anticipated to improve business efficiency, strengthen product development capabilities and bolster global development. It will also enable Kobe Steel to pursue new possibilities from the synergy derived from the accumulated technologies of its excavators and cranes, according to the company.
According to Kobe Steel in Japan, the merger of overseas Kobelco subsidiary Construction Machinery and Crane locations will be considered on a case by case basis while weighing the benefits to each market within 2016. “Here at Kobelco Construction Machinery USA, we are considering the best approach to strengthen the support of our North America dealers and customers,” says Pete Morita, President of Kobelco Construction Machinery USA. “We are very excited about the opportunities this consolidation provides. There are still many factors to be considered in North America and we will identify the options that best allow Kobelco USA to continuously provide our dealers and customers with the best product development, manufacturing capabilities and enhanced sales and service support in the market.”
The new combined company will take a leap forward as a comprehensive construction machinery manufacturer that combines the two products of excavators and cranes. After the merger, Kobelco Construction Machinery Co., Ltd. will represent a combined sales of $3.15 billion U.S. dollars with over 7,600 employees.