Caterpillar Forest Products, Palfinger Team Up for Self-Loaders

March 13, 2012

Palfinger and Caterpillar Forest Products have entered into a marketing agreement to distribute a line of knuckle-boom self-loaders produced by EPSILON Kran GmbH under the brand name Prentice/EPSILON. Initially, the line will include multiple models and will be marketed through select distributors experienced with truck-mounted loaders.

"Caterpillar is well known for their commitment to customers and their unmatched dealer network. We are happy to join forces with the forestry division to expand our market in North America," said Mark Woody, managing director for the Palfinger North America Group. "Marrying the Prentice and EPSILON brands for a line of self-loaders symbolizes the superior quality of the products."

"This collaboration allows us to extend our Prentice product offering in North America and give loggers more options to meet their self-loader needs," said John Carpenter, president of Caterpillar Forest Products. "The Prentice brand has always represented reliability, durability and quality. Palfinger's EPSILON brand lives up to those same attributes, so it is fitting that we co-brand the line."

The marketing agreement for self-loaders is the second collaboration between EPSILON and Caterpillar Forest Products. EPSILON also produces the loader for the 20-ton Cat 584HD forwarder and will continue to supply loaders for other Cat cut-to-length equipment.