Takeuchi to manufacture CTLs in US
By Belinda Smart10 May 2022
Takeuchi US has purchased a new facility in the US to manufacture compact track loaders, with production expected to launch in late 2022; the company said the move was a response to global supply chain delays.
Located in Moore, South Carolina, it is Takeuchi’s first North American manufacturing facility.
Takeuchi is a heavy-machinery company that produces mini excavators, hydraulic excavators, and crawler loaders. Until now, it produced all its compact track loaders at its head office factory in Sakaki, Nagano, Japan.
With more than 90 percent of that output consumed in North America, the company said producing machines in the US would allow it to increase its domestic suppliers and help alleviate supply chain issues caused by recent international events.
Toshiya Takeuchi, president of Takeuchi, said investing in a manufacturing facility closer to end users “will allow Takeuchi to shorten lead times and establish a more responsive supply system for our North American customers.
“Because the greatest demand for our compact track loaders is in the US, manufacturing these machines in South Carolina will be faster and [allow] more efficient delivery for our customers. We’re very proud and excited to launch this new venture, and we know it will generate significant benefits for our company, and more importantly, our customers.”
Takeuchi’s US facility consists of three buildings – a 14,500 square metre production facility, an office building and a demonstration centre, all sitting on about 77 acres.
“Bringing some of our manufacturing to the Southeastern United States demonstrates Takeuchi’s dedication to the North American market and this region we call home,” said Jeff Stewart, president of Takeuchi-US.
“This new facility will challenge us to find new and better ways to manufacture our products, create more jobs locally where our products are used and allow us to develop long relationships and better cooperation with the local economy.”
Takeuchi has begun hiring employees to work at the new facility, and expects to generate 100 new jobs there by the time production begins.