Caterpillar Opens New Plant In China

New facility will manufacture components for Caterpillar machines.

In keeping with its goal to support manufacturing growth in China, Caterpillar, Inc. unveiled its new manufacturing operation in the Jiangsu province in East China. The Wuxi campus, home to Caterpillar (China) Machinery Components Co. Ltd, (CCMC) sits on 47 acres. It will manufacture a range of components to be used primarily in Caterpillar machines and to be sold to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

"As demand for Caterpillar products continues to increase, the development of our operations in Wuxi will play an important role in supplying state-of- the-art, world-class components for the Caterpillar machines used by our customers and by discriminating OEMs," said Chris Schena, Caterpillar vice president with responsibility for the Motion & Power Control Division.

The grand opening ceremony for the component manufacturing campus took place at Caterpillar's new 100,000-square-foot valve operations building, which is located in the Wuxi New District. Caterpillar has two additional operations located in the Wuxi New District. Caterpillar has produced hydraulic hose assemblies in Wuxi since mid-2006; since early 2007, it has fabricated and assembled cabs for core Caterpillar machines.

Jiangsu province is home to Caterpillar's flagship manufacturing facility in China, Caterpillar Xuzhou Limited. Caterpillar is also currently building a world-class wheel loader manufacturing facility in Suzhou, which is also located in Jiangsu province.

Caterpillar core products manufactured in China include hydraulic excavators, track-type tractors, motor graders and paving products, large diesel engines used primarily for marine and power generation applications and generator sets for use in China and the Asia Pacific region. Caterpillar also manufactures components at several facilities in China. In addition, Caterpillar holds a minority stake in Shandong SEM Machinery Co., Ltd. (SEM), one of China's leading wheel loader manufacturers.

Caterpillar's operations in China also include logistics, remanufacturing, financial leasing, training, marketing and research and development.

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