Caterpillar Announces Expansion of Chinese Research Facility

By WEEK Reporter

January 4, 2012 Updated Jan 4, 2012 at 8:22 PM CDT

WUXI, China-- Caterpillar, Inc. has announced plans to expand a Chinese research and development facility .

The leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment attributes the agreement to a growing customer base in China and the need to develop a variety of new products tailored to these customers.

"China is the largest construction equipment market in the world, and Caterpillar continues to invest in China to help our Chinese customers succeed and to position Caterpillar for long-term leadership in China," said Caterpillar Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Tana Utley.  "The Wuxi R&D center is enabling Caterpillar's product development success in China and other growth markets."

The Wuxi R&D center originally opened in 2009 and boasts more than 500 engineers.  The expansion will use a multi-phased approach to add to the building, specifically additional lab space  and testing cells.  

Brian X. Sun, director of Caterpillar's Product Development & Global Technology Division with responsibility for China R&D Centers says the move shows commitment of Caterpillar to growing markets. 

"The expansion of the Wuxi R&D center will strengthen collaboration among cross-functional engineering teams and with suppliers, enabling integrated product development to ensure Caterpillar provides products with the right value/cost relationship to customers," said Sun. 

The first phase of the expansion is expected to be completed in June 2012.