Much has changed for Kobelco since introducing the first electric mining shovel more than 80 years ago. However, despite growth and changes within the structure of the company, we have always remained committed to a single focus on excavator excellence. This commitment has resulted in the introduction of a variety of industry-leading technologies.
As part of the Kobe Steel Group, we have access to significant resources for product development. However, this investment increased again in 2012 with the establishment of the Global Engineering Center (GEC) in Japan. This facility also houses an Advanced Technology Center, which helps to support the future of Kobelco construction machinery through the development of new and innovative technologies such as our innovative Integrated Noise and Dust Reduction Cooling System (iNDr), Hybrid excavator technology and most recently, the development of K-Dive remote operation.
However, in developing new equipment, technologies and manufacturing processes, the GEC needs to work closely with other teams at the Itsukaichi factory, where all our excavators are hand-built.