Liberalization of trade brought Japan demand from abroad and the opportunity to raise Japan's technological advancements to a world-class level. The introduction of large-scale power sources took place, which accelerated development of larger equipment.
As liberalization of trade progressed, Caterpillar Mitsubishi, the merged company of Caterpillar Inc and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, was founded in Japan. Under thorough quality control, Komatsu made a model change with the goal of building a bulldozer that surpassed Caterpillar's in quality and reliability.
Since its first emergence in 1951, it took only 50 years for the hydraulic shovel to establish its primary position on construction sites worldwide. Its size ranges from mini to super size depending on the scale of construction, and during the half century, it kept evolving by achieving a minimum rear-swing radius and adapting styles that would work with characteristics of each site. Mirroring the movement of a human hand, a hydraulic shovel will continue to evolve during the 21st century.