Komatsu wins Prime Minister’s Award

Published 30/12, 2020 at 08:50

The ‘Japan Service Awards’ were handed out this year for the third time, recognising contributions evaluates in a wide variety of services in Japan in education, entertainment, healthcare and so forth.

Winners of the award can be viewed as leading service providers and models in their field, with the service industry accounting for about 70% of Japan’s GDP and employment, being an important industry that will be the key to the future growth of the Japanese economy.

One such winner of an award is Komatsu, which has in recent years launched ‘Smart Construction’ globally. This uses 3D topographical data, drones, connected machines and so forth to provide services for all construction processes from surveying to completion inspection for improved safety and productivity. Furthermore, and in addition to construction machinery and advanced services, Komatsu now offers a machine guidance retrofit kit that converts conventional hydraulic excavators into connected machinery at low cost.

Mr. Yoshihide Suga, the Prime Minister of Japan, said of Komatu’s innovations: “Komatsu Ltd goes beyond selling goods for the manufacturing industry and has optimised the entire construction process by integrating and utilising topographical data measured by drones, design data and operation data from construction machines. I have heard that Komatsu Ltd. has been providing services all over the world that dramatically increase productivity at construction jobsites. I understand we will be able to realise an accident free construction jobsite with even higher labour productivity if we combine those services with autonomous driving and remote control functions in the future. This is not only selling goods but selling services as a whole, and I think it is one of the models that shows the way the Japanese manufacturing industry should go.”

Komatsu machines aim to bring excellent value to customers during the construction phase of a project. And by digitally transforming the jobsite with Smart Construction, Komatsu aims to start delivering value throughout the whole project, from bidding on the tender to reporting to the project owner. Richard Clement, DGM Smart Construction at Komatsu Europe, says: “The data we capture with Smart Construction enables us to make estimates based on previous activities on how long a task will take, and allows us to propose to our customers an ideal choice of machines for a specific task.” He adds: “Construction companies can now also easily monitor and report on bottlenecks. With Smart Construction services, our clients can count on us on being their greatest ally on their next project.” 

Mas Morishita, CEO of Komatsu Europe, added: “Our Smart Construction team at Komatsu Europe is leading the way to transform a manufacturing company into a top service provider. The added value of this unique service is now being recognised by the customers and the public in general. I think this is the meaning of this award: it encourages us greatly to push ahead with Smart Construction in Europe.”

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