Date : January 17, 2019
Location : New Zealand
From humble beginnings as a cast iron manufacturer in Osaka, the Kubota Corporation, established in 1890, has grown into a highly successful multinational company employing over 23,000 people worldwide with a turnover in the billions of dollars. Kubota has become an international brand leader with a focus on contributing to society by offering environmentally compatible equipment designed to improve quality of life.
Kubota products have been distributed in New Zealand for almost 40 years now and have fast become a dominant figure in the market. It all started in the mid 1970’s with Kubota supplying the first L series, L175-L185, and B series tractors into the New Zealand market. This was the start of Kubota’s success in the under 50 horsepower agricultural and grounds care tractor market. 1977 saw the start of the over 50 horsepower tractors being supplied to the New Zealand market with the introduction of the M7000 tractors. From this beginning Kubota have developed its line of tractors, right up to the latest MGX series of tractors with the biggest cab on the market today.
With the first Kubota excavator, the KH-1, released into the New Zealand market in 1979, Kubota has long been a force to be reckoned with in the mini excavator market. The line has developed over the years, now with the KX series and the U series zero tail swing excavators, into the number one selling mini excavator in the world. Kubota has built on its achievements over the years with the 2006 launch of its flagship KX080, 8 ton compact excavator. With a tight tail swing, excellent visibility, overall stability, outstanding breakout force and amazingly smooth operation this excavator is unmatched in its class and is set to become the benchmark 8 ton machine.
From its Palmerston North Head Office, C B Norwood Distributors Limited distributes Kubota products throughout New Zealand via their extensive dealer network. Some of whom have been dealers since Kubota’s inception into the New Zealand market. It is in part the reputation of our dealer network that has set Kubota at the top end of the demanding New Zealand tractor and grounds care market.
Over the past few years exciting releases from Kubota have expanded the market and the introduction of the MGX series of tractors has moved Kubota to the top end of the 100 to 135 horsepower range with exceptional performance, reliability and comfort.