The proud histories built up by two companies come together.
|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.|
|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||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||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||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||Kobelco Construction Machinery and Kobelco Cranes merged their management organizations to form Kobelco Construction Machinery Co., Ltd.|