Caterpillar Inc. has opened a new multifunctional R&D center in Wuxi, Jiangsu province, that will focus on engine and component product and process development, validation, localization, and technological training. The new center will have an engine test facility with performance and emissions development capability, an advanced materials laboratory, an electronics laboratory, a system and machine integration facility, and validation capability. The Wuxi R&D center—the third such Cat facility in China—is strategically located near the company’s component manufacturing facility in Wuxi, which began production in June 2006, and its Wuxi engine campus, which began production in 2009. It is also near the medium wheel loader and motor grader manufacturing facility in Suzhou, which began production in October 2009.
In a separate announcement, China Yuchai International Ltd.’s main operating subsidiary, Guangxi Yuchai Machinery Co. Ltd. (GYMCL), has agreed with Caterpillar (China) Investment Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc., to establish a new joint venture company in China to provide remanufacturing services for and relating to GYMCL’s diesel engines and components and certain Cat diesel engines and components. The JV company, to be held 49% by Caterpillar China and 51% by GYMCL, will use the remanufacturing technology of Cat’s Remanufacturing and Sustainable Solutions Division to provide state-of-the-art remanufactured engines and components to customers around the world. It is the first remanufacturing JV for both parties in China.