In Europe, the company remains one of the largest players in the industry and has leveraged France as their base in the region due to the European country’s receptiveness to compact machinery.
“When we saw how French customers accepted Takeuchi’s concept of small excavators, we decided to establish our European office here in 2000,” recalled Hiroshi Komatsu, managing director of Takeuchi France SAS.
Takeuchi machinery is developed with an emphasis on comfort and mobility for the needs of a wide-range of customers, including general contractors, utility contractors and landscapers. The recently launched TB225 compact hydraulic excavator is a market- first, 2.5-tonne class machine with expandable tracks, allowing it to become the new performance-leader in towable mini-excavators.
“Our machines are developed with the purpose of providing comfort and convenience to our customers,” said Komatsu. “Our founder, Mr. Takeuchi is an engineer and recognizing that manual work was difficult, he specifically designed compact machines to assist individuals in their work. We also constantly make improvements inside our machines to ensure they are comfortable for personal use.”
A vast distribution network across Europe ensures the company remains a leader in the segment, but Takeuchi is committed to strengthening its position in France, the market that started it all for them.
“France has historically been a very important market for us,” said Komatsu. “We are performing well across Europe and will ensure our success in France by strengthening our position and brand image. We currently have 28 official dealers here and customers who understand the concept of our machines is increasing. We have a long-term approach here and will continue to deliver high-quality products designed to benefit our customers.”