Kubota Industrial Equipment Corporation (KIE), a United States subsidiary of the Kubota Corporation, will build a new plant to manufacture work equipment to install on tractors to address the rapidly increasing demand in North America.
New Kubota tractors sold in North America are often equipped with front loaders for carrying materials like dirt and hay, backhoes for excavation, and other implements. More than 90% of these tractors come equipped with a front loader.
The demand for tractors is rapidly increasing in North America, driven by factors that include a more rapid suburban migration due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is also heightening the demand for implements. Even though KIE currently does manufacture implements, the demand in North America is exceeding its production capabilities. Anticipating this demand will remain stable in the future, KIE will build a new plant.
The new and existing plants will respond to the tremendous North American demand by increasing the annual implement production capacity from 100,000 units to 210,000 units.
The new Kubota plant is scheduled to start operations in August 2024. It will be based in the Gateway Industrial Park in Hall County, Georgia, U.S.A.
Total investment is estimated at approx. 140 million USD (18.0 billion yen). Total floor area will be approx. 60,200 m2. In the new plant, implements for tractors (front loaders, backhoes, bucket) are going to be built for mid-sized tractors and construction equipment.