Two More Cat Operations In China
Caterpillar Inc. has announced the opening of a proving ground and a large wheel loader manufacturing facility in Tongzhou, Jiangsu Province in China. The new Asia Pacific Proving Ground (APPG) is designed to provide validation and product development services for Cat machinery produced in the region.
The new large wheel loader manufacturing facility is designed to suit the needs and requirements for quarry and mining applications in China and other markets. The Cat 986 large wheel loader, which is produced at the new operations, was designed at Caterpillar's Wuxi, China R&D center and validated by the APPG.The 986 large wheel loader is the first Cat machine designed, validated and built in China specifically for China and global markets.
Located in Tongzhou at the mouth of the Yangtze River to the East Sea, the new manufacturing site provides the logistics for shipping machines from the Asia Pacific region and from inland China to the APPG for testing, and ultimately, the shipping of complete machines to marketplaces in China and around the world. In addition, the Tongzhou site is located near several of Caterpillar's existing manufacturing facilities in China, as well as the majority of the company's existing supply base in China.
With these new facilities in operation, Caterpillar said it now has 23 existing manufacturing facilities, four new facilities under construction, four R&D centers and three logistics and parts centers, employing more than 15,000 people across the country.