On Wednesday 27 of March, the Official opening of the new Kitwe facility as well as the launch of the Komatsu distributorship took place in the presence of District Commissioner Kitwe – Mr Binwell Mpundu, His Worship the Mayor Kitwe, Christopher P. Kang’ombe, as well as Komatsu officials.
- Sole distributor of Komatsu in Zambia (Construction and Mining range)
- New facility:
- 1000m² of heavy workshop for components rebuild with 20t+10t overhead cranes & 7 t forklift
- 500m2 of annex buildings to the rebuild workshop
- 600m² of machines repair workshop
- 1200m² of parts warehouse
- 600m2 training facilities
- 600m² of administrative building
- 1.5 hectares plot of land
- More than 180 employees
Late March 2019, Komatsu and BIA officially launched their partnership in Zambia, in the presence of District Commissioner Kitwe, Mr Binwell Mpundu, His Worship the Mayor Kitwe, Christopher P. Kang’ombe, as well as Komatsu officials. This launch took place in the brand-new facility in Kitwe. More than 50 customers gathered to witness the plaque reveal.
BIA has been a Komatsu distributor for more than 20 years, in Europe as well as in over 20 African countries. In 2013, BIA was asked by a mining customer to sell and service a major equipment fleet, in agreement with Komatsu, then the official distributor of Komatsu in Zambia. 6 years later, BIA is taking care of more than 120 mining equipment. In order to upgrade customers’ service and rationalize operations in Zambia, Komatsu has now decided that BIA be its sole dealer in Zambia.
New Kitwe facility
To service its customers to its fullest, BIA has invested in a new facility in Kitwe. The company bought 1.5 hectares of land, in the industrial part of Kitwe. On top of 600m² of technical and administrative offices, they have a 1000 m² components Rebuild workshop and a warehouse of 1200m².
The workshop is able to renovate machines components (transmissions, suspension, etc…).
This new facility compliments the facilities BIA has on its customer’s mining sites.
BIA Group in brief
With a presence in more than 25 countries across Europe, Africa and Asia and thanks to its 1300 employees, BIA is leader in the sales and service of equipment for Mining, Quarries, Construction, Industry, Transport and the Energy business.
To help their customers get the best of their investment, BIA is working on different pillars:
- SIZE: study, advice, project management
- OPTIMIZE: financing, new, rental, used
- PROTECT: service contracts, technical advices, spare parts
- PERFORM: training, telematics, fleet management
Komatsu in brief
Komatsu is the world’s second biggest manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, and the leader in the power shovel market. Komatsu owes its growing success to the quality and reliability of its equipment and to a complete range of machines covering every aspect of construction, mining and quarries.