JENS Bengtsson has taken up the position as CEO of Komatsu Forest AB.

Jens has worked in the company for 11 years and has recently held both the role of CFO and COO.

He commented: “I am very honoured to be given this role and very humbled by the tasks that lie ahead. I take up my new position at a time that is very turbulent due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The whole world is doing its best to deal with this unusual situation. We as a company have recently announced that we are temporarily closing our production for three weeks to adapt to the prevailing circumstances, and then, if restrictions permit, will gradually increase production again in the spring.

“Despite the current circumstances, we are confident that demand for forest machinery equipment will continue to drive growth in our business - and we have great potential to continue growing. Right now, it is impossible to say how the forest industry will be affected by the current situation, but in the long term we see great potential.”

Former CEO Mitsuru Ueno is now taking on a new role as senior fellow for the Forest division of the parent company Komatsu Ltd. During his time as CEO, he had two important focus areas: to ensure a new production facility with a safe and good working environment, that is prepared for an upcoming expansion of the business; and to broaden the forest machine business through strategic acquisitions such as Quadco, Southstar, TimberPro and Oryx Simulations.

In 2019 the decision was made to invest in a new factory in Umeå, Sweden. “We now have great opportunity to have a modern and safe production facility prepared for us to grow, while at the same time uniting the dispersed operations in Umeå,” Jens concluded.

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