Senior McHale Plant Sales executives Tim Shanahan and Denis McGrath were guests of Komatsu recently on a visit to their historic plant in the Linden suburb of Hanover, Germany.
Established in 1835 by German industrial giant Hanomag, it is one of the most architecturally striking manufacturing facilities in Europe. At various stages, it has been a centre for the production of steam locomotives, trucks, tractors, farm machinery, motorcars and military vehicles.
In 1989, the facility came under Komatsu ownership and is now home to the production of three different product groups: hydraulic wheeled excavators, wheel loaders above 80hp engine power and compact wheel loaders below 80hp engine power.
Intended as part of McHale Plant Sales policy of ensuring that senior sales personnel get first-hand exposure to Komatsu build quality and enhance their level of product knowledge, the visit was described by their managing director Michael McHale as “an essential step in ensuring that our customer – facing personnel are up to speed with the very latest developments in technology that are so much a part of every Komatsu machine being sold today.”
While there, Tim and Denis viewed production of the new Komatsu Dash 7 range of wheel loaders in the range 54hp to 353hp and the new PW-7 wheeled excavators in the range 14 to 22 tonnes.