Friday the 7th of September was a milestone for Komatsu Forest Ltd UK, as Stephen Bellas and his team opened their brand-new facility near Carlisle Airport in the glorious September sunshine.
This impressive purpose-built state-of-the-art building, built by Cubby Construction, is both large and modern and blends well with its surroundings.
Guests were treated to a tour of the premises, starting at the front of the building, which holds the large entrance, parts reception, training room, large open plan air-conditioned office, staff canteen, toilets, and meeting room, spread over two floors.
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Out in the workshops, the main service bay can easily house three machines at the same time. It is equipped with an automated lubrication delivery system for servicing and a three-exhaust fume extraction system, so machines can be running inside without putting engineers’ health at risk. A 10-tonne lifting capacity overhead crane can access the whole workshop for any heavy lifting that’s required.
The fabrication workshop is equipped with cutting and welding equipment for additional guarding and repairs and the spare parts warehouse holds the automated parts delivery system, which will hold 80% of Komatsu’s spare parts, with a storage area for the larger components.
The opening was very well attended, and the Komatsu Forest team were on hand to show people around and answer any questions.
After a lunch of fish and chips, the ribbon to officially open the facility was jointly cut by the Mayor of Carlisle, Abdul Harid, and honored guest from the Japanese Consulate, Fujiwara san. This was an important event, not just for Komatsu Forest UK, but for the local Cumbrian community as it shows Komatsu’s commitment to the area and to the UK forest industry.
Guests were piped into a beautifully laid out marquee at the Garden at Eden near Carlisle Airport, which boasted panoramic views of the surrounding fells and floodlit water garden. The 300 guests were treated to drinks and canapes before being served a delicious four-course meal with entertainment between courses from the young local drama students.
The meal was followed by Scottish band Highway, a professional party band that perform mostly at weddings and corporate events, who played an eclectic mix of new and old songs to get everyone up on the dance floor well into the small hours.
This was a perfectly executed day from start to finish with exceptional hospitality from Stephen and all the team at Komatsu, fine dining with a great mix of people.
This is an event that will be fondly remembered for a long time to come.
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