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Komatsu chases 'Goldilocks inventory' as shares lag Caterpillar

Machinery maker seeks repeat of post-Lehman success in lean production

Komatsu expects a much swifter recovery from the coronavirus than the Lehman Brothers' collapse in 2008. (Photo courtesy of Komatsu)

TOKYO -- Top Japanese construction machine maker Komatsu's fine-tuned inventory management, which helped the company recover from the Great Recession, faces a greater test as the Caterpillar rival tries to dig itself out of a coronavirus-induced slump.

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