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8 August 2006

Investment fuels growth at Kawasaki Precision Machinery's European facility.

Rapidly rising European sales of Kawasaki hydraulic pumps, motors and valves for the off-highway and industrial markets are fuelling a major 5 million euro investment programme in new product development and advanced manufacturing facilities at the company's European base.

Kawasaki Precision Machinery (KPM) saw turnover rise by 25% in 2003/04, with a further 35% increase in 2005 with a further 40% increase predicted for 2006 following the launch of the designed-for-Europe K3VL B series of pumps, as well as enhancements to other products including an additional 200cc pump and increased power for the company's Staffa motors.

Now these sales successes are being reflected in an ongoing programme of investment in R&D and manufacturing equipment at the 70,000sq m KPM European sales, marketing and manufacturing facility in Plymouth, UK.

New equipment includes multi-purpose machining centres, vertical lathes, precision grinding machines as well as a new dedicated paint shop, clean-room assembly area and pump production test rigs. The investment will further strengthen KPM's ability to supply a wide range of hydraulic piston equipment to customers throughout Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Australia within highly competitive production lead times.

KPM's Australian and New Zealand Distributor K-One Fluid Power who is based in Perth and Sydney, has extensive stock holdings of the Kawasaki product line axial piston Pumps and radial Motors (Staffa) and provides the market with a very strong support service.

In addition to their widespread use in off-highway vehicles, KPM pumps and motors are increasingly being specified for many industrial and marine applications including press machinery, plastics injection moulding machinery, marine winch-gear, deck machinery and general industrial hydraulic power packs.