TONGZHOU, China -- Caterpillar Inc. announced Wednesday the joint opening of a state-of-the-art proving ground and a large wheel loader manufacturing facility in Tongzhou, Jiangsu Province.
The Asia Pacific Proving Ground provides validation and product development services for Cat machinery produced in the region. The large wheel loader manufacturing facility is designed to suit the needs and requirements for quarry and mining applications in China and other markets.
"Caterpillar takes a long-term view of the market in China, and our focus on product development here will enable our strategy to win in China," said Steve Wunning, Caterpillar group president with responsibility for Resource Industries. "As we expand our portfolio of locally designed and produced machines in China, Caterpillar is better positioned to serve our customers in China and around the globe."
Caterpillar says that the Cat 986 large wheel loader is the first Cat machine designed, validated and built in China specifically for China and global markets. The machine was displayed at the recently concluded bauma China 2012, one of the nation's largest trade shows.
Located in Tongzhou at the mouth of the Yangtze River to the East Sea, Caterpillar says that the Tongzhou site provides a logistics advantage in terms of 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.
Caterpillar 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.