Komatsu Forest Ltda has long been the leader in the South American forestry machine market. The largest sales volumes have always been seen in the Brazilian market, where there is a great need for machines used to log eucalyptus in fast-growing plantations.
Aracruz has bought about 30 machines, mainly Komatsu PC-200 excavators equipped with Valmet 370E harvester heads, a number of 890 forwarders, and 30 or so 370E harvester heads. "The machines are used in three shifts, placing tough demands on good maintenance and parts availability.
Our good service and low hourly rates also contributed to our success. We have three workshops located at Aracruz with 140 employees," explains Lonard dos Santos, head of marketing at Komatsu Forest Ltda. Cenibra has bought 10 or so machines, including Komatsu PC-200 and PC-228 excavators, equipped with log loaders and grapple saws, and a Valmet feller-buncher. Veracel, a new paper mill to be commissioned in May, has bought about 20 Valmet 370E harvester heads.
"We're very pleased with these three orders, which show that Brazil is a market with a good future. It¹s likely that this market will see the establishment of more paper mills. As market leader, Komatsu Forest Ltda has great opportunities to increase its sales of highly productive forestry machines," says Lonard dos Santos.
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