Worthy Endeavours of Construction Machinery

Komatsu

Construction equipment manufacturers find all kinds of different ways to demonstrate their corporate social responsibility, making valuable donations to deserving causes. Many give money to all kinds of worthy charities. Sometimes, if the cause particularly warrants it, they give their products. After all, there is so much good that can be done by a large excavator or crane.

JCB, for example, has regularly donated construction machinery for recovery operations after natural disasters, such as the 2015 Nepal earthquake (below), 2013 Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, earthquakes in Haiti in 2010 and in China in 2008, and to southern India, Sri Lanka and Indonesia after the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami.

JCB

Tadano’s social contributions have included helping out with the restoration of ancient cultural monuments. It has donated time, expertise and cranes for the restoration of Easter Island’s crumbling Moai statues – those mysterious giant stone heads.  Being a tiny island in the middle of nowhere, 3,500 km from Chile and 7,000 km from New Zealand in the South Pacific, there was a lack of heavy lifting equipment (although the Rapa Nui somehow managed without originally…). Tadano donated a first crane in 1992 and a second in 2006 after 14 years of sea air had taken its toll on the first.

Tanado

Tadano has also donated machines to the Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties project to survey and restore Cambodia’s Angkor Wat temple complex.

komatsuKomatsu has also been active in Cambodia, but in a very different way. Since 2008 it has partnered with the charity Japan Mine Action Service (JMAS) to clear landmines left behind since the civil war.

Komatsu has also worked with JMAS in Angola. Its machinery has not only helped to clear landmines but also supported reconstruction work.

Komatsu equipment demined about 1,200 ha of land in Cambodia and constructed seven schools and 40 km of roads in eight villages, bringing the total number of operating hours for the machines and machinery introduced in 2008 to a cumulative total of approximately 26,000 hours.

Since August 2016 Komatsu has extended its alliance with Japan Mine Action Service to help with the removal of unexploded ordnance (UXO) in Laos, where every year they cause serious injuries to unsuspecting farmers and children.

mine clearing

Conventional demining machines are based on bulldozers but, for Laos, Komatsu has developed a new demining machine based on a PC130-8 hydraulic excavator [pictured above]. The new demining machine has special buckets capable of breaking up UXO cluster submunitions that are covered with hard metal.  The excavator is also more versatile than a bulldozer as it can be used for bush cutting and ground levelling.

JCB, Tadano and Komatsu are not exceptions; rather, they typify the corporate social responsibility demonstrated by the construction equipment manufacturing sector in general all around the world. And, as often as not, we never even hear about it.

Steve Rhine

About Steve Rhine

Community Manager at MachineryZone USA - All latest construction news on MachineryZone Mag!