KOBELCO Construction Machinery USA has announced its plan to construct a hydraulic excavator production facility in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
KOBELCO’s market development has been proceeding at a faster rate than expected since its reentry into the US market in 2013.
A production factory in North America will allow KOBELCO to reduce the production lead-time of machineries for its US customers and improve its capabilities for meeting market needs.
Site preparation for the US production facility will begin in April 2015 and is expected to be completed in December 2015. KOBELCO’s $41 million investment will involve the development of a 156,000 square foot production factory, 17,000 square foot office building, machinery parking and a testing area.
The facility will sit on approximately 85 acres of land with space for future production capacity expansion and will have excellent access to major domestic ports, including Charleston, SC, and Savannah, GA.
With an estimated annual capacity of 1,800 units, the US factory will begin mass production in January 2016. KOBELCO plans to begin its production with standard machines weighing 20-tons and larger and increase the product line offerings and capacity in accordance with market development.
Future production plans at the US facility are expected to include most of KOBELCO’s excavator models.