Kubota Establishes New R&D Center in Thailand — Accelerating Community-Based R&D in Asia —
June 22, 2016
Kubota Corporation (Head Office: Naniwa-ku, Osaka, Japan; President and Representative Director: Masatoshi Kimata; hereinafter referred to as “Kubota”) has established a new R&D center at one of its key international subsidiaries, Siam Kubota Corporation Co., Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as “SKC”), as a part of the ongoing efforts to globalize its R&D structure. With this new facility in place, Kubota intends to accelerate the drive to expand its business by reinforcing R&D activities that specifically cater to the demands of emerging countries in the fast-growing Asia region.
1. Background and aims
- In tune with the rapid globalization of its business, Kubota is bolstering its product development and technological prowess in ways that meet the specific needs in each of its host countries, while at the same time increasing R&D efforts for its core technologies in Japan.
- In Thailand, Kubota has built a start-to-finish process from manufacturing of engines to manufacturing and sales/services of farm machinery, thereby contributing to the mechanization of agriculture in Thailand and its neighboring countries. In a bid to further expand the agricultural machinery business in the ASEAN region, Kubota has established an R&D center within SKC. By developing agricultural machinery that is customized for local crops, field conditions, and work processes, Kubota will beef up its product line and accelerate time-to-market in order to increase its presence in the region.
2. Overview of the New R&D Center
|Facility name||Kubota Research & Development Asia|
|Location||Near the SKC Head Office (within the Nava Nakorn Industrial Estate)|
|Total investment||Approx. 2.0 billion yen (620 million baht, at an exchange rate of 3.2 yen to 1 baht)|
Mr.Hiroto Kimura(Vice President), Siam Kubota Corporation Co., Ltd.
Mr.Hiroshi Kawakami(President), Siam Kubota Corporation Co., Ltd.
Mr.Masatoshi Kimata(President), Kubota Corporation
Mr.Chaovalit Ekabut (President), Siam Cement Group Investment
Mr.Opart Dhanvarjor(Senior Executive Vice President), , Siam Kubota Corporation Co., Ltd.
【Overview of SKC】
|Company name||SIAM Kubota Corporation Co.,Ltd.|
|Establishment||August 2010 (Established through the integration of The Siam Kubota Industry Co., Ltd. and Siam Kubota Tractor Co., Ltd.)|
|Navanakorn Industrial Estate, Pathumthani, the Kingdom of Thailand|
|Amata Nakorn Plant:||Amata Nakorn Industrial Estate, Chonburi, the Kingdom of Thailand|
|Capital||Approx. 2.74 billion baht|
|Investment ratio||Kubota: 60%, Siam Cement Group: 40%|
|Business||Manufacturing and sales of tractors, combine harvesters, implements, horizontal type diesel engines and power tillers and sales of construction machinery|