Komatsu leases another Melbourne warehouse

A Komatsu Tarneit office, being fit-out in August, will be A-grade.

The Australian arm of Japanese heavy equipment manufacturer Komatsu will expand in Melbourne’s west, committing to two facilities.

One – 3 Nilton Drive, near the south east corner of Dohertys Road, Tarneit (pictured, top) – has recently been fit out.

Artist’s impression of the Shaw Fabrics facility, from last year.

The other, on 2.1 hectares with 12,525 square metres at Fraser Property Industrial’s nearby Canvas West estate, should be operational in 2024.

With the commitments, the occupier said it can provide significantly better coverage for local customers.

Komatsu – the world’s second biggest business of its type after Caterpillar – also operates from warehouses in Campbellfield, north of town, and Pakenham, in the south east.

It has a local office headquarters too, in Sydney’s Fairfield.

Central spot

The Komatsu facility at Canvas West will contain nine loading docks – five of them at-grade – covered by a 1650 sqm awning,

The warehouse height will average 14.6 metres.

The office will dub as a customer support centre.

Komatsu has committed for an initial 10 years.

“The [Canvas West] site represents a continuation of the decade long expansion of Komatsu’s footprint in Australia, which is designed to offer world-class support for our ever-growing customer base,” the company’s general manager of Supply Chain, and ex-Rio Tinto director, Russell Hodgson, said (story continues below).

“Komatsu has committed to reducing our carbon footprint by 50pc by the end of this decade, and this new facility will contribute to that objective,” he added.

“The new facility also aligns better with Komatsu’s Inclusion, Diversion and Equality strategy, with equal washroom and toilet facilities,” according to the executive

Komatsu keeps growing

The Melbourne commitments follow Komatsu opening a facility in Wacol, south west Brisbane, speculated to have an end value of $48m.

The Canvas West property by comparison, is believed will be worth just over twice that once the lease kicks in.

Savills’ Scott Nienhuis and Laagan Whalan were the agents.

Elsewhere at the estate, FPI is building a 41,187 sqm warehouse speculatively.

Vida XL – with 70,000 sqm – Shaw Fabrics (leasing 15,125sqm) and Silk Logistics (12,726 sqm) are amongst the neighbours.

FPI paid $27.5m for the land making way for the estate in 2019.

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