Caterpillar Inc. announced the joint opening of a proving ground and a large wheel loader manufacturing facility in Tongzhou, Jiangsu Province.
As part of Caterpillar’s research and development presence in the Asia Pacific region, the Asia Pacific Proving Ground (APPG) 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 growth 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.”
Located in Tongzhou at the mouth of the Yangtze River to the East Sea, 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. In addition, the Tongzhou site is located near several of Caterpillar’s existing manufacturing facilities in China, as well as the majority of the company’s existing supply base in China.