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.
With a variety of grounds care equipment ranging from the T1880 18 horsepower ride-on lawnmower up to the L5740, 59 horsepower hydrostatic 4WD tractor, Kubota enables its customers to find the perfect unit for their individual application. The range also includes zero turn mowers in both diesel and now a new petrol option, out-front commercial mowers in 18 and 36 horsepower as well as front end loaders and mid mount mowers to fit all ROPS and cab compact tractors.
Our agricultural range spans from the new MX5100 51 horsepower utility tractor up to the top of the range M135GX 135 horsepower tractors. The M series range is fast becoming the flagship range for Kubota, with a diverse range of transmissions as well as bi-speed turn and wet clutch in both cab and ROPS options. All of the agricultural range have Kubota built diesel engines; these tractors perform to their rated horsepower and beyond.
With the release in 2005 of the RTV900 utility vehicle into the New Zealand market, Kubota built on its success with the RTV1100, with a full cab, air conditioning and heater. The range also now includes the versatile RTV1140, an easily convertible unit with either two or four seater options at your fingertips. The RTV500, a new compact petrol machine with the simplicity you have come to love about Kubota as well as the 2012 model, the RTV400. With its CVT Plus transmission and electronic fuel injection the RTV400 heads to top of its class. These are purpose built machines; using proven tractor technology to make a rough terrain vehicle suitable for a huge variety of applications.
C B Norwood also distributes Kubota's extensive range of Power Centre products throughout its dealer network. With a huge range of environmentally friendly diesel engines from 4.5 to 99 horsepower to cover both the OEM and replacement engine markets in New Zealand as well as diesel generators from 6kVA through to the 30kVA super quiet series. Kubota is the world's number one selling diesel engine under 100hp.
We are proud distributors of Kubota Construction products in New Zealand and are building on a strong foundation with the 2010 release of the new dash four KX and U series excavators. With a new sleek design and innovative features that are new -4 series are market leaders.
Kubota can now provide you with the complete range of Kubota products and in doing this have the strength to be able to provide the highest level of service demanded by our Kubota customers.
In previous years Kubota has complimented its brand with the slogan "Keeps on going" which represents its reputation for being the most reliable and durable products in the world. There have been many stories of owners, who talk about their 20 year old Kubota that still starts first go.
Now, Kubota Corporation has changed the corporate slogan to Kubota "For Earth, For Life", meaning, "While protecting the earth's beautiful environment, Kubota continues to support affluent lifestyles of people".
The world is facing many challenges in areas such as food, water and environment, which are all essential to human beings. The new slogan represents Kubota's commitment that the directors and employees of all global Kubota networks would unite and move forward as a corporate group that contributes to solutions of these challenges through business.