Cat invests in India to produce Perkins engines, increase mining truck capacity

  • 16-Dec-2011 09:06 EST
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The 16-cylinder version of the Perkins 4000 Series engine, the 4016-61TRG, is shown here.

Caterpillar Inc. plans to build a new, $150 million engine manufacturing facility in India that will produce Perkins-branded 4000 Series engines. A company spokesman told SAE Off-Highway Engineering that Caterpillar is “still not in a position to publically announce the location of the new facility,” and he declined to share the plant’s expected production volume. Cat is also investing $62 million in its existing off-highway truck manufacturing facility in Chennai, which is in addition to a $108 million investment for Chennai that the company announced in 2010. “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,” Group President Rich Lavin said during the announcement, made at an event celebrating the 40th anniversary of Cat’s manufacturing facility in Thiruvallur, India.

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