Komatsu UK hosted the annual Technology Olympics contest

SUCCESSES: Komatsu UK’s Ethan Kelly, Steve Chapman, Owen Outterside and Kris Malloy show off their trophies

WORKERS from excavator manufacturer Komatsu have pitted their wits against peers from across Europe in a company skills competition.

Komatsu UK hosted the annual Technology Olympics contest, which allowed its brightest talents to prove their mettle against rivals from the supply chain and sister companies.

The event, held at the business’ plant in Birtley, saw 115 people compete for the honor of representing Komatsu UK at finals in Japan later this year.

According to The Northern Echo, competitors took part in a number of tasks across fabrication, painting, welding and inspection.

This year’s winners included Kris Malloy, for welding, and painter Steve Chapman.

Owen Outterside was championed for his work on assembly, with Ethan Kelly singled out for praise for his machine inspection skills.

Mr Malloy, Mr Chapman and Mr Outterside have all won previously, but it was the first time Mr Kelly has been recognised in such a way.

David Kilkenny, fabrication, CNC and maintenance manager, said: “The Olympics puts focus on our commitment to giving the best training possible to our workforce.

Steven Hugill, Business Editor /