Komatsu expands mining footprint

Komatsu has entered into an agreement to acquire GHH Group GmbH, a manufacturer of underground mining, tunnelling, and special civil engineering equipment

With the acquisition, Komatsu will add GHH’s factories and rebuild facilities in key markets

Founded in the 1960s and headquartered in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, it is currently part of the German-owned Schmidt Kranz Group and offers a wide range of equipment focused on loaders (LHDs) and articulated dump trucks in the mid-seam mass mining, narrow vein, and low-profile market segments.

The company also supports customers with aftermarket parts and service support throughout the entire life of each machine. With the acquisition, Komatsu will add GHH’s factories and rebuild facilities in key markets, in addition to its robust product offerings and talented staff.

"We’re very excited about this acquisition, as it represents a great opportunity for Komatsu to expand its offerings for underground mining equipment and accelerate new product development through synergies with Komatsu’s existing team and product offerings," says Peter Salditt, president and CEO, Komatsu Mining Corp.

"By adding GHH’s factories and rebuilding facilities in key markets in Europe, South Africa, India, and Chile, we also aim to strengthen production and service capabilities for our customers."

Komatsu says the combined team will work together to expand Komatsu’s offering for underground mining equipment and increase customer access to products in new territories.

"GHH is excited to be able to start a new journey with a strong player in the mining world. This opens huge doors for our people and our products to develop further and grow beyond what we could have hoped for," says GHH Group CEO Dr Jan Petzold.

"This is the next logical step in becoming a true global player and we look forward to becoming part of the Komatsu family." The official close of the acquisition is projected for the first half of 2023.

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