left to right: Makoto Kato (KCME managing director), Christa de Kemp-Everts, Annemarie Jorritsma and

left to right: Makoto Kato (KCME managing director), Christa de Kemp-Everts, Annemarie Jorritsma and Jun Fujioka (KCM president and CEO)

Kobelco Construction Machinery Europe BV officially opened its recently established European headquarters in Almere, Netherlands on April 8, 2014, an event that was followed by its first dealer conference since the company returned to Europe. The dealers in attendance, who have met the company’s required standard, came from Germany, France, UK, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Switzerland, Austria, Netherlands Belgium and the Baltic States.

The company’s commitment to the region was further confirmed by the presence of Kobelco Construction Machinery president and CEO Jun Fujioka, KCM director and executive vice president Yuzuri Teki and KCM director and executive officer Takeshi Miki.

KCME managing director Makoto Kato commented: “This event was a major milestone for KCME. Since announcing our official return to Europe we have been working hard in the background to build the foundations for a strong and successful business that will go the distance. We are here to stay and are focused on increasing Kobelco’s market share in Europe. The strong brand heritage and product offerings give us the perfect platform to do that but the final piece of the jigsaw is productive partnerships with the right dealers. We believe we now have that third element and we are looking forward to providing strong products and aftersales support for our dealer partners and their customers.”

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