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Establishment of New Research and Development Hub in Europe — Accelerating upland farming tractor development through Japan-Europe collaboration

July 6, 2018

The Kubota Corporation (headquarters Naniwa-ku, Osaka; CEO and President Masatoshi Kimata; hereinafter “Kubota”) is establishing a new research and development hub in Europe as part of the globalization of its research and development systems. The new hub will be used to accelerate the development of upland farming tractors tailored to the needs and characteristics of customers in various parts of Europe, and achieve further expansion in Kubota’s tractor business. Details are as follows.

1. Background and Aims

  • Following the establishment of a regional headquarters of its industrial machinery business in Europe in July 2017, Kubota has transitioned from a country-specific to business-specific operating structure, and is now working to optimize its business management in each field: agricultural machinery, construction machinery, and engines.
  • The new research and development hub in Europe will enable Kubota to develop market-specific products aligned with diverse needs of customers in the countries and regions of Europe, as well as shorten development lead times.
  • Through this new hub Kubota will pursue its commitment to “customer first” and “priority onsite” principles in product development, and continue striving to become a Global Major Brand.

2. Profile of New Research and Development Hub

Location Crépy-en-Valois, France
Total area Approx. 277,000 m2
Built area Approx. 4,800 m2
Development projects Upland farming tractors for the European market
Investment value Approx. 7.3 billion yen
Start of operations Scheduled for July 2020

Reference: News release on establishment of European headquarters of industrial machinery business

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