Formed in 1979 and based at Thame, Oxfordshire, Kubota (U.K.) Limited is a subsidiary of the Kubota Corporation, which was established in 1890 as a manufacturer of cast-iron water pipes in Osaka, Japan. In the early 1900s, the Kubota Corporation turned its attention towards powered equipment. The tremendous expertise and experience gained over the past century has led to many important product developments, helping reinforce Kubota’s position as the number one world-wide within the various market sectors it serves. Some of the major innovations introduced by Kubota within the UK and Ireland since the 1970s include:
- The first true four-wheel drive compact tractor.
- The first four-wheel drive ride-on front rotary mower.
- The first hydrostatic transmission systems for compact tractors and diesel ride-on mowers.
- The first power steering system fitted as standard to 19hp – 45hp tractors and ride-on mowers.
- The development of Bi-Speed Turn, a system which automatically speeds up a tractor’s front wheels when turning, resulting in faster, tighter turns with reduced tyre and surface scuffing.
- The continuing introduction of approved specialist matching implements to extend the year-round working versatility of Kubota compact tractors.
Dedicated support for Kubota equipment starts at Kubota (U.K.)’s Oxfordshire headquarters, which house the company’s sales and marketing teams, distribution, service and parts support, training and product development for the UK and Irish markets. The efficiency of the Thame operation was recognised in 1996 when Kubota (U.K.) Limited was awarded ISO 9002 accreditation for its quality systems. Today, Kubota remains the best selling compact tractor in the UK, and this is down to the highest of manufacturing standards in its Japanese and American factories, product reliability, durability and low running costs as well as excellent resale values.