Caterpillar to Expand Operations in India

Noria news wires
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Caterpillar Inc. has announced that it will build a new state-of-the-art $150-million engine manufacturing facility in India that will produce Perkins-branded 4000 Series engines. The company will also invest an additional $62 million in its off-highway truck manufacturing facility in Chennai. The new investment to expand truck capacity in Chennai is in addition to a $108-million investment for Chennai that Caterpillar announced last year. These new investments are part of the company’s goal to be the industry leader in India.

Caterpillar president Rich Lavin and Caterpillar India and ASEAN country manager Kevin Thieneman announced the new investments during an event celebrating the 40th anniversary of Caterpillar's manufacturing facility in Thiruvallur, India.

"The government of India has embarked on an aggressive plan to accelerate road construction and overall infrastructure development, and Caterpillar and our dealers are continuing to make investments in India to support these growth plans," Lavin said. "The investments we announced today will ensure that our customers have access to world-class solutions to complete projects on time and at the lowest owning and operating costs."

As part of Caterpillar's 2015 corporate strategy, the company is aggressively investing to increase capacity for a wide range of products in key growth markets such as India and is continuing to invest to support customers in developed economies such as North America, Europe and Japan.

"As our earlier investments in India have neared completion, Caterpillar is moving rapidly to respond to market conditions in India and to make these additional new investments," Thieneman said. "This new investment will play a role in developing our technology further while benefiting our customers who are playing a vital role in the transformation of the Indian economy."

The location for the new Perkins engine facility has yet to be determined, although the site selection process is expected to be completed in the near future. Caterpillar currently has three manufacturing facilities, a logistics services base and a research and development center in India.

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