Kobelco to suspend excavator production at U.S. plant

Feb. 21, 2021

Kobelco Construction Machinery Co. (KCM), Tokyo, will temporarily suspend the production of hydraulic excavators at the U.S. plant of its subsidiary Kobelco Construction Machinery U.S.A. (KCMU) in Spartanburg County, S.C., from May 1, 2021.

The reason behind the suspension is that Kobelco received a notice from Hino Motors in mid-January that there has been a delay in the certification of the new model year engines to be supplied to the company’s hydraulic excavators for the North American market. The delay is due to a problem in the process of achieving Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) emission certifications. The company says there is no clear outlook on the future supply schedule.

After receiving the notice, Kobelco examined the impact on the production and alternative measures and reached the decision to suspend the production at the KCMU’s Spartanburg plant as it was considered difficult to continue the production of the hydraulic excavators equipped with the relevant engines models: J05E, J08E, P11C and E13C. Click here for more on the specific models impacted.

During the suspension of production, KCM will continue its business in North America for the sale of models other than those subject to this suspension, which include various mini excavators, 7-ton/13-ton class hydraulic excavators, the crawler crane CK3300G and aftersales service for machines already delivered. The company also is considering installing an alternate engine for the models affected by this supply disruption.

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