History

The proud histories built up by two companies come together.

1930
1930 The 50K shovel (1.5m3), the first such construction machine produced in Japan.
 
1953   The first 10KT (6t) and 20KT (10t) truck cranes produced in Japan.
1954 The 220A diesel pile hammer, the first such product produced in Japan.  
1955 A technical tie-up is signed with P&H in the United States; crane technology and other technologies are introduced.  
1960 The Okubo Factory is completed; manufacturing of construction machinery begins.  
1962 The Kobe Steel Construction Machinery Training Center opens at the Okubo Factory.  
1963 Yutani Heavy Industries, Ltd. produces the TY45, the first wheel-type hydraulic excavator produced in Japan.
 
1964   The 300 series of crawler cranes and truck cranes is produced.
1967 The H208 (0.3m3), the first crawler-type hydraulic excavator to be produced using Kobelco’s proprietary technology, is produced.
 
1969   The T series (13 to 60t) of hydraulic truck cranes is produced.
1969   The R150 rough-terrain crane is produced.
1970
1971   The K series of diesel pile hammers is produced.
1977 Yutani Heavy Industries, Ltd. develops a static hydraulic fracturing nibbler.  
1978 Kobelco International (S) Co., Pte. Ltd., a sales subsidiary, is established in Singapore.  
1979 KOBELCO is adopted as an internationally standardized trademark.  
1980 Yutani Heavy Industries, Ltd. develops Japan’s first vehicle dismantling machinery equipped with a fixed nibbler.
 
1980 A central parts station is produced in the Okubo Oce.  
1983 Kobe Steel, Ltd. participates in capitalization and management of Yutani Heavy Industries, Ltd.  
1984   The 7000 series of completely hydraulic crawler cranes is produced.
1987 “SK-New MARKII” series of hydraulic excavators is released.
 
1987 Kobelco Construction Machinery Engineering Co., Ltd. is established.  
1989   The RK70M/RK70, Japan’s first small-sized rough-terrain crane, is released.
1989 The urban-type hydraulic excavator “Acera” series is released.
 
1989   The CK series of crawler cranes is released.
1990
1990   The F&G2324/2345 “First Class” series of crane/grab vessels is released.
1991   The “Panther” series of rough-terrain cranes is released.
1993   The SL13000 super-large crawler crane (800t) is produced.
1993 The “Acera Super Version” series of hydraulic excavators is released.
 
1994   The “Master-Tech” 7000 series of crawler cranes is released.
1994 Chengdu Kobelco Construction Machinery Co., Ltd. is established as an excavator manufacturing and sales company in China.  
1996 Thai Kobelco Construction Machinery Ltd. is established as an excavator manufacturing company in Thailand.  
1996 The “Beetle” series of short rear tail swing mini excavators is released.
 
1999   The BM-HD series of crawler cranes for civil engineering and foundation work is released.
1999 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.
2000
2000   The TK series of telescopic boom crawler cranes is released.
2000   A business alliance is formed with Tadano Ltd. for the purpose of producing wheel-type cranes.
2001   The MK series of lattice boom wheel cranes is released.
2003 Chengdu Kobelco Construction Machinery Group Co., Ltd. is established as an integrated sales and service company in Chengdu, China.  
2003 Kobelco Construction Machinery International Trading Co., Ltd. is established as a sales company for used construction machinery.  
2003   Kobelco Cranes Europe Ltd. is established in the United Kingdom and Kobelco Cranes North America Inc. is established in the United States.
2003   An agreement is concluded with Manitowoc Cranes, LLC in the United States to supply crawler cranes to the US on an OEM basis.
2003   Hangzhou Kobelco Construction Machinery Co., Ltd. is established as our second production base in China.
2004 Excavator operations and crane operations are split into separate businesses, and Kobelco Cranes Co., Ltd. is established (wholly owned by Kobe Steel, Ltd.).
2005 An agreement is concluded with Manitowoc Cranes, LLC in the United States to supply crawler cranes to Europe on an OEM basis.  
2006 Kobelco sprints to the head of the industry by exhibiting an actual hybrid excavator (monitor machine) at INTERMAT 2006, an exhibition in Paris.  
2006 The SK3500D, a dedicated ultra-large machine for building demolition achieving a work height of 65m, the highest in the world, is recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records.  
2006 Medium-sized hydraulic excavators undergo a full model change, achieving a 20% reduction in fuel consumption compared to earlier models.  
2006 The Ogaki Factory is established for manufacturing of mini excavators.  
2007 Kobelco Construction Equipment India Pvt. Ltd., a sales company, is established in India.  
2007   Kobelco Cranes South East Asia Pte. Ltd. is established in Singapore.
2007 A short rear tail swing hydraulic excavator with a new “iNDr” cooling system is released.  
2008   Kobelco Cranes Trading Co., Ltd., a dedicated trading company for used construction machinery, is established.
2009 Our five domestic sales companies are centralized and restructured to form two sales companies, one in the eastern part of Japan and the other in the western part.  
2010
2010   Kobelco Cranes India Pvt. Ltd. is established in India.
2010 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.
2010   Chengdu Kobelco Cranes Co., Ltd. is established in Chengdu, China.
2011 New factories for hydraulic excavator and crawler crane production go into operation in Andhra Pradesh, in the southeast part of India.  
2011   The G and S series of crawler cranes are released.
2012 The SK200H, a hybrid hydraulic excavator in the 20t class, is released.
 
2012   A new factory for crawler cranes goes into operation in Chengdu, China.
2012 The Global Engineering Center (GEC) and Itsukaichi Factory are established.  
2013 Kobelco Construction Machinery U.S.A. Inc. is established as a sales and service company in Houston in the United States.  
2013 Kobelco Construction Machinery Europe B.V. is established as a sales and service company in the Netherlands.  
2015   The Kobelco Global Parts Center is established in Singapore.
2015   An office is opened in Germany for the purpose of strengthening large-sized crawler crane operations.
2016
2016 Kobelco Construction Machinery and Kobelco Cranes merged their management organizations to form Kobelco Construction Machinery Co., Ltd.