EXCAVATOR manufacturers, Komatsu UK, are sending four of their best North East workers to the firm’s very own technology Olympics in Japan.
Paul Dryden, Paul Phillips, Daniel Mason and Ian Chantler, all employees of the Birtley-based facility, are gearing themselves up for a trip to Osaka, after success at the recently held Komatsu UK staff Olympics.
One of the aims of the Japanese competition, which is now in its 35th year, is to provide Komatsu employees and key suppliers with the opportunity to demonstrate the high level of skill and technical ability required to work in the various disciplines of fabrication, painting, assembly and parts inspection.
In total 56 people took part in the Komatsu UK competition, including permanent and temporary staff, apprentices and suppliers.
The four UK winners will travel to Komatsu’s Osaka manufacturing plant in June, and spend nine days in Japan training for the next stage of the competition.
Tracey Wilson, Komatsu’s senior human resources manager, said: “Komatsu has been running the UK technology Olympics for 14 years. The event is a great opportunity for employees and key suppliers to compete against each other. In addition it is a good motivational tool and helps staff to maintain the high quality standards the company is known for.
“When it comes to competing in Osaka they will further improve their skills and learn new techniques which they will bring back and pass on to colleagues in the UK.
“They will continue to train and build on these new skills in preparation for the international competition which also takes place in Osaka at the end of October.”
The annual technology Olympics, coupled with the sharing of new skills plays a significant part in Komatsu’s core philosophy.