Komatsu to Make Equity Participation in Peruvian Distributor

Jan. 8, 2009

Mitsui & Co., Ltd.
Komatsu Ltd.

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Pursuant to an agreement between Komatsu Ltd. (President & CEO: Kunio Noji) ("Komatsu") and Mitsui & Co., Ltd. (President & CEO: Shoei Utsuda) ("Mitsui"), Komatsu through its wholly owned subsidiary, Komatsu America Corp. ("KAC") has taken a 40% equity participation in Mitsui Maquinarias Peru S.A. ("MMP"), a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsui and a Komatsu distributor in Peru, in the form of third-party allotment. MMP will change its name to Komatsu Mitsui Maquinarias Peru S.A. ("KMMP").

In Peru with rich natural resources, the construction and mining equipment market should continue to grow into the future. While KMMP has been steadily increasing its sales and market share, through this equity participation by Komatsu, KMMP is better positioned to enhance its marketing and product support capabilities in the mining equipment business and further expand its business there.

Outline of KMMP

Company name Komatsu Mitsui Maquinarias Peru S.A.
Established August, 1996
Head office Av. Nicolás Ayllón 2648, Ate - Lima - Perú
Representative Eduardo Razetto Armestar
Capital Pen 67 mil.
Shareholders Mitsui 60%, KAC 40%
Sales Pen 351mil.(around10.5bil yen, Fiscal year ended December 31, 2007)
Main businesses Sales and rental of construction and mining equipment
Employees 808 (As of September 30, 2008)

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Mitsui & Co., Ltd.
Corporate Communications Division
Telephone: +81-3-3285-7562
Facsimile: +81-3-3285-9819
Komatsu Ltd.
Corporate Communications Dept.
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