KOBELCOThe history of Kobelco dates back to 1905 when Suzuki Shoten, a Japanese trading firm, acquired a steel business called Kobayashi Seikosho in Wakinohama, Kobe. That business became Kobe Seikosho which is now known as Kobe Steel, Ltd, is now a major Japanese steel manufacturer but operates worldwide under the KOBELCO brand.

The company’s construction business, formerly known as Kobe Steel Construction Machinery Division, founded in 1930 with the development of the 50K electric mining shovel, was renamed KOBELCO Construction Machinery Co. Ltd. in 1999 and became recognized as an independent entity from Kobe Steel.


Today, KOBELCO Construction Machinery Co. Ltd. specializes in the manufacture, sale and servicing of construction equipment with excavators actually being its mainstay product.




In 2016 KOBELCO Construction Machinery and KOBELCO Cranes merged their management organization to form KOBELCO Construction Machinery Co, LTD.



Toyota Tsusho Africa (Pty) Ltd (TTAF) was appointed as the official distributor of KOBELCO excavators in South Africa in September 2015. As the distributor for KOBELCO excavators, we are responsible for the importation, sales, marketing and aftersales support of the product.

TTAF is therefore proud to introduce these powerful and environmentally friendly excavators into our local market. KOBELCO has a product range available from 5 ton machines, up to 85 tons machines. KOBELCO excavators work well in various applications e.g. civil developments, mining, forestry, scrap handling, dredging, quarry, urban engineering as well as agricultural farming activities.

With the robustness and durability of KOBELCO machines making them ideal for the wider African region KOBELCO (through TTAF) selected to position itself in South Africa, not only because it is the leading market on the continent but also as a springboard to expand into Southern Africa.

Our current product range consists of:

  •  SK210LC-8=21 Ton Model Operating Weight
  •  SK260LC-8=26 Ton Model Operating Weight
  •  SK350LC-8=35 Ton Model Operating Weight

SK210LC-8, SK260LC-8 & SK 350LC-8 Specification sheet

KOBELCOThe KOBELCO range, known in the industry as KOBELCO ‘blue’ excavators feature exceptional fuel efficiency, powerful performance and an ultra-comfortable cabin with outstanding durability and easy maintenance. This is combined with an environmentally friendly operation created from reduced CO2 emissions, low machine noise and vibration levels during operation. All KOBELCO excavators available to the South African market are manufactured in Hiroshima (Japan) according to world-renowned Japanese production quality standards.



KOBELCO business at TTAF is based in Sandton (Gauteng, RSA) and found within the Automotive Division under the Commercial and Industrial business unit that is managed by Andre Venter (Vice Divisional General Manager for C & I business). The Commercial and Industrial business unit at Toyota Tsusho Africa is comprised of HINO,TOYOTA FORKLIFT and KOBELCO brands and strives to proactively meet and support the current and future needs of its clients using these kinds of products.

Should you have any KOBELCO queries you are welcome to contact:
Corne Coetzer
Tel: +27 11 779 6700
Cell: +27 82 465 9130