Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Komatsu Four off to Japan

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Komatsu Four off to Japan

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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. …

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