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Kawasaki Precision Machinery: Pump the iron

By John O'Hanlon

Kawasaki may be best known in the UK for motorbikes, but in Plymouth they know better.
Kawasaki Precision Machinery: Pump the iron
Kawasaki may be best known in the UK for motorbikes, but in Plymouth they know better. There has been a factory there since the 1980s, and Kawasaki Precision Machinery UK came into being in 2002 when it span out from the gas turbine division.

"From 1994 to 2002 we operated within a division of Kawasaki Heavy Industries," Jon Whetter, Sales and Marketing Manager, explains. "Since 2003 we have been a 100 percent owned subsidiary: the new arrangement gave us a new and more independent lease of life to be a player on the general market."

Today, KPM consists of the original two manufacturing and sales businesses in Japan and the UK, a sales and service company in the USA, and two newer entities: KPM China servicing the OEM market there and Kawasaki Flutek, a majority owned joint venture in Korea.

Profitability maintained

You'd think then, that the prospect at this precise moment for any manufacturing company still operating in the UK, especially one whose core business has been providing hydraulic components for the badly hit construction equipment sector, would be bleak. "Yes," admits Whetter, "2008 has seen demand from these customers fall by something like half. But there are still some markets that are performing strongly
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