The machines change name
The next major step was taken in 2011, when the machines changed name to Komatsu, after 25 years of the Valmet brand. They did, however, keep the classic red colour. In 2012, Komatsu Forest acquired head manufacturer Log Max AB, together with Log Max Inc. Under the ownership of Komatsu Ltd, product development was ramped up considerably. Within just a few years, five new forwarders and five new harvesters were launched. In 2016 the Komatsu 931XC was launched, followed by the Komatsu 901XC in 2017. The XC-series harvesters have a unique solution for eight wheels compared to other manufacturers. The machines are built around Komatsu's unique, tried-and-tested chassis concept with an articulated joint and a swing axle, a tilt function for the cab and crane and Komatsu's load-sensing stabilisation. This concept has proven to be effective for several decades. The Komatsu XC-series machines combine the swinging rear axle with a bogie mounted on the single axle. In 2018, Komatsu acquired Quadco & Southstar forestry attachment operations, as well as Oryx Simulations, a world leading company within development of simulator systems for heavy-vehicle applications.