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Kubota Europe orders E’tow® system for tractor assembly Handling Automation
Kubota Europe, subsidiary of Kubota Europe, the Japanese manufacturer of tractors, mini-excavators, riding mowers and motors, has placed an order with Egemin for an E’tow® chain conveyor system. Kubota operates a 18,000 m² production hub in Cavaillon to assemble the tractors included options for all Kubota tractors, which are distributed in France and Italy. Until now it has been using a assembly line with fixed assembly areas.

The E’tow® transport system, which is a driven chain embedded via a rail into the floor, will automatically transport Kubota tractors at constant speed through the 9 workstations on specially designed carriers.


The E’tow® conveyor system will be  installed in a 4,000 m² hall. The concept is a production line with a length of 60 m providing assembly space for 9 carriers at a time, transported at maximum speed of 0.5 m per minute. The conveyor will have a cumulative towing capacity of around 45 tonnes.

Analyses prior to the project have shown that the total assembly time will be no more than around 30 minutes per tractor. The installation will be completed by the end of June 2015. At that time the site should be producing 16 tractors a day.

The new conveyor system represents a major undertaking for Kubota Europe. The objective is to increase productivity at this assembly site in order to support Kubota's new strategic thrust: to become a major player in the French market for high-powered agricultural tractors. Earlier this year Kubota invested in a new tractor production factory in Bierne (near Dunkirk). This latest installation, which is the only one in Europe, is the final phase in modernising its manufacturing base.

Kubota's decision to invest in an intralogistics system from Egemin makes it the second Asian manufacturer to do so in France, following on from Synutra.

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