Cat contemplates shift of excavator production from Japan to U.S.

  • 17-Mar-2010 02:53 EDT
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In an effort to develop an “appropriate global footprint,” Caterpillar is studying whether to build a new hydraulic-excavator facility in the U.S. to accommodate additional models currently produced in Japan. Shown is the 345D L, which now is manufactured in all three Cat large-excavator plants: Japan, Belgium, and Aurora (U.S.).

Caterpillar Inc. has undertaken a study that could lead to a new hydraulic-excavator facility being built in the U.S. The company notes that such a move could triple the current capacity of hydraulic excavators that it now produces in the U.S., as well as allow it to further leverage excavator production in Akashi, Japan, to serve increasing demand in China and across Asia. Caterpillar currently produces only two excavator models at a facility in Aurora, IL, where it also produces wheel loaders, soil and landfill compactors, wheel dozers, and components. If this move is finalized, the new facility would manufacture the two models now made in Aurora, as well as several additional excavator models now produced in Japan and exported to the U.S. This study is part of a long-term strategic initiative at Caterpillar to develop the appropriate global footprint needed to competitively produce hydraulic excavators. A final decision will be made at a later date.

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