Komatsu Forest wants to create a factory for the future

Komatsu Forest has revealed their ambition to build a completely new factory, following their announcement recently of their intention to acquire land in Klockarbäcken, Umeå, Sweden.

The site plan of the new Komatsu factory in Sweden (Image credit: Komatsu)

The ambitious plan to build a factory is conceived with human possibilities in mind. The company already has high demands on work environment, safety and product quality, which is also something that characterises the vision of a new factory. 

“We want a factory that is based on human capabilities, where technology, good ergonomics and safety are prioritised and help to enable good quality in our manufacturing. We want to build an attractive and efficient workplace where our employees thrive and grow and where we can deliver product quality at the forefront “, says Martin Ärlestig, Factory Manager, Komatsu Forest

Another important part of the vision is to take great environmental responsibility. “We already have high environmental targets for our production today, but when a new factory is built from scratch, we can seek environmentally friendly solutions all the way. Our target is to become CO2 neutral in our production, “says Martin Ärlestig, factory manager Komatsu Forest. 

“We see this as a major investment in the region, which will contribute to additional job opportunities throughout the construction project. We also see the factory as part of a larger whole, where the establishment of the new plant helps to strengthen the attraction of the region as a forest technical centre in Sweden. The region already has a strong forestry technical position, but a new factory would contribute to strengthening the position even further in the future”, concludes Ärlestig. 

For the new plant to be realised, support is required to assist the company’s venture, such as a sustainable infrastructure solution to meet the company’s future transport needs on road and railroad as well as regional support to complement the large investment made by the company.

“This is one of the major investments in the company’s history and one of the major industrial investments that is to be started in Sweden right now. We look forward to get all items settled so that we can carry out our plans and start the procurement process for the project”, concludes Mitsuru Ueno, CEO Komatsu Forest.