Komatsu has a rich history that dates back to 1917 when Takeuchi Mining Industry established Komatsu Iron Works to manufacture machine tools

and mining equipment for in-house use. Four years later Komatsu Ltd was formed and by 1931 had produced Japan's first crawler-type farm tractor.


In 1953 Komatsu began production of forklift trucks, dump trucks and special purpose vehicles and two years on exported its first production equipment - to Argentina. From the opening of our first overseas office in India in 1964 - the same year the first forklift was presented in Australia - our exclusive distributorship began. Komatsu is now a major international player in the manufacture and sale of construction and mining equipment, utilities and industrial machinery.

In 2009 Komatsu Limited became the 100% owner of Komatsu Forklift Australia. At that time, we became the first factory owned overseas Forklift Company in Komatsu’s global network.