Molson Group is in the process of expanding its equipment range in the US market through the introduction of machines from leading excavator manufacturer Kobelco.

The business is closing in on a dealership agreement that will see its US West Coast operations become representatives for the full range of excavators from the Japanese manufacturer.

The move will establish Molson as a distributor of Kobelco crawler excavators, mini-excavators and car dismantler machines to customers across parts of the West Coast of the United States.

The addition of the Kobelco brand and its range of equipment will complement the existing machines from Powerscreen, Terex Ecotec and Terex Fuchs that Molson currently offers – and is another step in the bid for Molson to present customers across all of their regions with a comprehensive, 360-degree product range of industry-leading equipment.

Kobelco has a reputation of manufacturing machines ideally suited to the construction, quarrying, demolition and recycling industries and offers a comprehensive range from the diminutive 1tonne SK08SR-1E mini-excavator through to the behemoth 130tonne SK1300LC-10E crawler. Taking on the supply of its machines across the West Coast of the United States will offer a tremendous boost for customers of both companies, according to Molson Group managing director Robin Powell.

Powell said: “We are looking forward to continuing to develop the relationship between Molson and Kobelco and ensuring our customers in the US are able to take advantage of the availability of excavators of the highest quality and efficiency.”

UK Based Molson Group acquired Powerscreen of California and Powerscreen of Washington in 2022 and the two businesses have implemented the market-leading smartCMD digital technology software suite developed by Molson specifically to help run equipment companies. It includes dealerCMD, the e-Emphasys developed ERP system that uses data insights to enable more accurate forecasting and business planning, and fleetCMD, the fleet management platform that uses advanced telematics to deliver insights into machine utilisation, fuel consumption, carbon emissions, running costs and more.