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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
    Establishment May 2016
    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)

    Opening ceremony
    From left,
    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.

    Reference

    【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.)
    Location Navanakorn Plant:
    (Head Office)
    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

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