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Komatsu takes hybrid excavators to Indonesia, fending off China rivals

Decarbonization and rising fuel costs offer chance to stand out from competition

Komatsu's hybrid excavator is 20% to 30% more fuel-efficient than standard models.

TOKYO -- Komatsu has brought its hybrid construction equipment to Indonesia, aiming to stand out with more environmentally friendly offerings in a region where lower-priced Chinese competitors threaten its hold on the market.

The hybrid excavator rolled out in the country this spring is 20% to 30% more fuel-efficient than standard models, which has become a bigger selling point as fuel costs soar. Komatsu is marketing the machine to nickel miners -- a major industry in Indonesia, Southeast Asia's largest market for construction equipment.

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