Japan-based multinational Kubota Corporation has invested $85m to open a new 110-hectare R&D centre in Georgia, US. It will initially create 70 engineering and technical roles with plans to create a further 130 positions by the end of 2027. The facility will primarily focus on the firm’s agricultural machinery business to support clients in North America and will house engineering offices, workshops and testing labs, and outside there will be tracks for testing turf, utility vehicles, tractors and construction equipment.

Shingo Hanada, president and CEO at Kubota Tractor and Kubota North, said: “Kubota is celebrating 50 years of innovation in the US, and our goal is to continue to make strategic investments in our infrastructure to develop solutions to ultimately help our dealers and our customers achieve more as we grow together for the next 50 years and beyond.”

Yuichi Kitao, president and representative director at Kubota Corporation, added: “We continuously innovate to better meet the needs of our customers – it’s at the core of what we do, it drives our way of thinking and the way we do business. This new R&D centre in Georgia is going to allow us to continue to innovate products and solution advancements with our US and Canada customers’ needs in mind.”