Kobelco suspends plant sales over engine scandal – Construction Enquirer

Kobelco has suspended the sale across Europe of selected construction machinery equipped with Hino engines.

Kobelco said the move followed “concerns about possible misconduct in the engine certification process for compliance with European emissions regulations. ”

The temporary suspension “will remain in place until Hino confirms the European certification authorities’ decision. ”

Kobelco stated: “Hino has committed to working with the particular European accreditation authorities in order to establish the current position on compliance, following an internal investigation, which revealed that part of the misconduct found in the engine qualification process in Japan may also have been made within the process of obtaining European certification (Stage V). ”

It added that will while the manufacturer is “communicating closely with Hino throughout this period, the primary focus remains on supporting European distributor and dealer networks within the best way possible. ”

Kobelco machines already working on site, including those equipped along with the affected Hino motors, are permitted to continue operating at this time.

This said “there are no issues with safety, quality, and performance associated with these models, and the particular fuel performance is unaffected by this particular incident. ”

The full list of impacted machines can be found here .