First opened in May 2012, Kobelco Construction Machinery’s Itsukaichi Factory in Japan currently produces 8900 excavators a year for the global market. However, the recently announced plan to expand the facility, including a production expansion for assembly lines and fabricated products lines, is expected to increase this capacity significantly to 10 500 units a year by 2020.
At the heart of the Itsukaichi factory are two main production lines. These lines cover all lower (undercarriage) and upper (frame) assembly processes and are manned by an army of highly skilled Kobelco engineers who use a combination of hand-building and high-tech machinery to assemble the various elements of the excavators.
With hundreds of engineers and technicians working across the many different processes on each line, attention to detail, quality control and maintaining a tight production schedule are key to manufacturing the highest quality Kobelco excavators possible.