May 13, 2021, will see construction equipment manufacturer Komatsu turn 100. The hallowed date will see the Japanese giant celebrate its centenary with a number of commemorative activities. The company will take this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to show its gratitude to its stakeholders for their continuing support through all these years.
Starting out as a small tool-making subsidiary, Komatsu has grown from strength to strength. The company produced its first agricultural tractor in 1931 and went on to roll out tractors and bulldozers by the dozen. Post-war reconstruction in Japan saw demand for bulldozers soar and Komatsu rode this wave to the top.
Now with 100 years of experience to back it up, the Japanese behemoth shows no signs of stopping. The centenary celebrations will see the firm hosting activities that will hinge on “creating value together through manufacturing and technology innovation to empower a sustainable future where people, businesses and our planet thrive together”.
Komatsu released a statement which emphasized the company’s vision of its 100th anniversary as “a communication opportunity to enhance and disseminate its corporate brand”. It also reaffirmed its belief that it would “continue to move forward with its stakeholders into the next 100 years”.
The celebrations would have four main objectives. The first is defining its corporate identity “by reflecting on its corporate growth built by forerunners and its relations with society”. Secondly, Komatsu will launch its “One World One Komatsu” initiative which will be an employee-driven social contribution project. In a statement, the company said, “Komatsu defines CSR as activities to respond to social demands through core business, and works for sustainable growth with society by solving ESG issues. Komatsu is launching the “One World One Komatsu”, Komatsu’s first global platform which all Komatsu group employees around the world can join.”
A third objective is the promotion of safe, highly productive, smart and clean workplaces. In this regard, a special Komatsu in 203X movie has also been put together for the occasion.
Last but not the least, Komatsu wants to get its “Komatsu-no-mori” on track again. The museum which was opened by the company in 2011 as a part of its 90th anniversary celebrations, will undergo renovation and re-open on May 14.
Komatsu’s 100 years of continuous excellence is a note-worthy achievement that will be hard to replicate. The Japanese corporation deserves every single praise and our thanks for 100 years of excellent service.