The proud histories built up by two companies come together.
… Product related events
… Organization related events
The 50K electric shovel (1.5m3), the first such construction machinery is released in Japan.
The electric shovel 200K (4.0m3) is released.
The first 10KT (6t) and 20KT (10t) truck cranes are released in Japan.
The 220A diesel pile hammer, the first such product is released in Japan.
A technical tie-up is signed with P&H in the United States; crane technology and other technologies are introduced.
The Okubo Factory is completed; manufacturing of construction machinery begins.
The Kobe Steel Construction Machinery Training Services opens at the Okubo Factory.
Yutani Heavy Industries, Ltd. releases the TY45, the first wheel-type hydraulic excavator in Japan.
The 300 series of crawler cranes and truck cranes is released.
The H208 (0.3m3), the first crawler-type hydraulic excavator produced by using Kobelco’s proprietary technology, is released.
The T series (13 to 60t) of hydraulic truck cranes is released.
The R150 rough-terrain crane is released.
The K series of diesel pile hammers is released.
Yutani Heavy Industries, Ltd. develops a static hydraulic fracturing nibbler.
Kobelco International (S) Co., Pte. Ltd., a sales subsidiary, is established in Singapore.
"KOBELCO" is adopted as an internationally standardized trademark.
Yutani Heavy Industries, Ltd. develops Japan’s first vehicle dismantling machinery equipped with a fixed nibbler.
Parts Central warehouse is established in the Okubo Office.
Kobe Steel, Ltd. participates in capitalization and management of Yutani Heavy Industries, Ltd.
The 7000 series of completely hydraulic crawler cranes is released.
"SK-New MARKII" series of hydraulic excavators is released.
Kobelco Construction Machinery Engineering Co., Ltd. is established.
The RK70M/RK70, Japan’s first mini rough-terrain crane, is released.
The urban-type hydraulic excavator "Acera" series is released.
The CK series of crawler cranes is released.
The F&G2324/2345 "First Class" series of crane/grab vessels is released.
The "Panther" series of rough-terrain cranes is released.
The SL13000 super-large crawler crane (800t) is released.
The "Acera Super Version" series of hydraulic excavators is released.
The "Master-Tech" 7000 series of crawler cranes is released.
Chengdu Kobelco Construction Machinery Co., Ltd. is established as an excavator manufacturing and sales company in China.
Thai Kobelco Construction Machinery Ltd. is established as an excavator manufacturing company in Thailand.
The "Beetle" series of short rear tail swing mini excavators is released.
The BM-HD series of crawler cranes for foundation work and city engineering is released.
The Construction Machinery Division of Kobe Steel, Ltd. is merged with Yutani Heavy Industries Ltd. and Kobe Steel Kobelco Construction Machinery Co., Ltd. to form Kobelco Construction Machinery Co., Ltd.
The TK series of telescopic boom crawler cranes is released.
A business alliance is formed with Tadano Ltd. for the purpose of producing wheel-type cranes.
A global alliance with CNH Global of the Fiat Group is concluded.
The MK series of lattice boom wheel cranes is released.
Chengdu Kobelco Construction Machinery Group Co., Ltd. is established as an integrated sales and service company in Chengdu, China.
Kobelco Construction Machinery International Trading Co., Ltd. is established as a sales company for used construction machinery.
Kobelco Cranes Europe Ltd. is established in the United Kingdom and Kobelco Cranes North America Inc. is established in the United States.
An agreement is concluded with Manitowoc Crane Group in the United States to supply crawler cranes to the US on an OEM basis.
Hangzhou Kobelco Construction Machinery Co., Ltd. is established as our second production base in China.
Excavator operations and crane operations are split into separate businesses, and Kobelco Cranes Co., Ltd. is established (wholly owned by Kobe Steel, Ltd.).
An agreement is concluded with Manitowoc Crane Group in the United States to supply crawler cranes to Europe on an OEM basis.
Kobelco sprints to the head of the industry by exhibiting an actual hybrid excavator (monitor machine) at INTERMAT 2006, an exhibition in Paris.
The ultra-large building demolition machine SK3500D, with a maximum working height of over 65 meters, is registered to the Guinness World Record as the highest in the world at that time.
Medium-sized hydraulic excavators undergo a full model change, achieving a 20% reduction in fuel consumption compared to earlier models.
The Ogaki Factory is established for manufacturing of mini excavators.
Kobelco Construction Equipment India Pvt. Ltd., a sales company, is established in India.
Kobelco Cranes South East Asia Pte. Ltd. is established in Singapore.
A short rear tail swing hydraulic excavator with a new "iNDr" cooling system is released.
Kobelco Cranes Trading Co., Ltd., a dedicated trading company for used construction machinery, is established.
Our five domestic sales companies are centralized and restructured to form two sales companies, one in the eastern part and the other in the western part of Japan.
Kobelco Cranes India Pvt. Ltd. is established in India.
Kobelco takes over the direct sales business of BOMAG JAPAN and becomes the only general distributor in Japan handling importing and sales of BOMAG products.
Kobelco Cranes (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. is established in Shanghai, China.
Chengdu Kobelco Cranes Co., Ltd. is established in Chengdu, China.
New factories for hydraulic excavator and crawler crane production go into operation in Andhra Pradesh, in the southeast part of India.
The G and S series of crawler cranes are released.
The SK200H, a hybrid hydraulic excavator in the 20t class, is released.
A new factory for crawler cranes goes into operation in Chengdu, China.
Gion Factory, a main production base of excavators, moves to Itsukaichi.
The global alliance with CNH Global is cnaceled.
Kobelco Construction Machinery U.S.A. Inc. is established as a sales and service company in Houston in the United States.
Kobelco Construction Machinery Europe B.V. is established as a sales and service company in the Netherlands.
The Kobelco Global Parts Center is established in Singapore.
An office is opened in Germany for the purpose of strengthening large-sized crawler crane operations.
The SK200H, the hydraulic excavator featuring a lithium-ion battery, is released.
Kobelco Construction Machinery and Kobelco Cranes merged their management organizations to form Kobelco Construction Machinery Co., Ltd.
A new factory for hydraulic excavator goes into operation in Spartanburg Country, South Carolina, United States.
Kobelc Construction Machinery Middle East&Africa FZCO., is established as a sales and service company in the U.A.E.
"Dig Nav Job Site Takamatsu", a facility to learn about ICT construction machines, opens in Japan.
Kobelco Construction Machinery Southeast Asia Co., Ltd. is established as an integreted manufacture and sales company in Thailand.
The TK750G telescopic boom crawler crane is released.
A joint research laboratory with Hiroshima University opens and it reinforces the activities for Industry-Academic Collaboration afterwards.
An agreement is canceled with Manitowoc Crane Group in the United States to supply crawler cranes overseas.
Joint ventures with Chinese investors on business in China are dissolved and restructurd, and 7 subsidiaries are put together into 3 subsidiaries.
Our two domestic sales companies (for eastern part and western part) are merged, and Kobelco Construction Machinery Japan Co., Ltd. is established.
The new hydraulic excavator in the 7ton class with renewed functionality and comfortability is released.