Bringing together product, technology and service experts from across the company, Komatsu announced the launch of its global Center of Excellence (CoE) for Autonomous Haulage Systems (AHS). The Tucson, Arizona-based CoE team will be responsible for AHS strategy, planning, marketing, sales support and training, enabling Komatsu to respond faster to customers’ needs in the rapidly expanding autonomous environment, according to the company.

“This is a major step forward for Komatsu’s unified approach to mining,” said Jim Nishiura, vice president of Global Mining Business Division, Komatsu. “Our diversified FrontRunner AHS team is united by common goals, workflows and strategies to deliver maximum value to our customers as well as our customer-facing teams and distributors.”

Shingo Hori, formerly AHS group manager for KLTD, and Anthony Cook, formerly vice president of AHS and communications for Modular Mining, have been appointed as co-general managers of the CoE.

These organizational changes are focused on Komatsu’s business strategy to continually improve company performance and deliver increased value to customers. Since its commercial release 11 years ago, Komatsu’s AHS has achieved the unprecedented milestone of more than 2 billion tons of surface material moved autonomously, more than all other commercial mining autonomous haulage systems combined, according to Komatsu.