Caterpillar is one of the world's leading manufacturers of specialized equipment for the mining, construction, transportation and other industries. A wide variety of other products are also available under the Cat® brand. The corporation includes over 480 divisions located in 50 different states on all continents, with the exception of Antarctica. The company is headquartered in the USA.
The predecessor of Caterpillar was the Stockton Wheel Company, which was founded by the Holt brothers back in 1883 in California. The enterprise specialized in the production of agricultural machinery. It was this company that began producing combine harvesters back in 1886. And in 1904, the company developed and launched its first profitable tracked tractor. It was offered under the name Caterpillar, which translates from English as "caterpillar".
The enterprise developed dynamically: in 1908, the production of tractors with gasoline engines was launched and the company for the production of Daniel Best combines was purchased. The following year, the production base was expanded with another plant located in Illinois. Even before the outbreak of World War I, American Caterpillar tractors were actively exported to Mexico, Canada and Argentina, and supplies to France, Great Britain and Russia were soon established.
During the First World War, the company reoriented itself to fulfill military orders. And in 1925, a merger took place with one of the basic competitors - C.L. Best Gas Tractor. The result of this merger was the Caterpillar Tractor Company. In the early 1930s. the production of equipment with diesel engines was launched. At the same time, the headquarters and main production facilities of the enterprise were moved to the state of Illinois.
During World War II, Caterpillar was one of the top 50 large companies in terms of military orders. In peacetime, the history of the company's development continued, and already in 1950 the first subsidiary abroad was opened in Great Britain. 10 years later, a Cat® plant was opened in Brazil and in 1963 in Japan.
In 1985, a large-scale modernization of Caterpillar plants began, which lasted until 1993 and cost the corporation $ 1.8 billion. In 1986 the company changed its name to Caterpillar Inc. In 2000, a plant of this manufacturer was opened in Russia, and the corporation also acquired enterprises in Australia, Italy, India, and Great Britain.
Currently, Caterpillar continues to expand its production bases, improve the range of equipment, expand the network of authorized dealers, which allows it to remain one of the leaders in the production of special equipment in the world.
Caterpillar Business Areas
Construction and road repair industry. For these areas, Caterpillar produces a wide range of specialized equipment: motor graders, bulldozers, asphalt pavers, conventional, telescopic and mini-loaders (wheel and tracked), road milling machines, road surface reclamation machines, dump trucks (off-road, articulated), skidders, pipe layers, clearing tractors, compactors, earthmoving equipment.
Extractive industry. Caterpillar dealers around the world offer drilling machines, hydroexcavators for mining, draglines, electric rope shovels, scrapers, equipment for longwalls underground mining, as well as for mining resources in hard rocks.
Engines and turbines. Caterpillar is a leading manufacturer of diesel engines. The drives produced by it are successfully used on sea vessels, land transport, power plants, special equipment, and various equipment. Cat® engines are engineered to deliver superior power while maximizing environmental performance and minimizing fuel consumption. Turbines and turbochargers for engines are also on sale.
Financial services. Caterpillar Corporation has a comprehensive approach to solving issues of equipping enterprises with modern functional equipment, therefore, offers a full range of related services. Cat Financial experts will find the best financial solutions for a specific company, help you find funds for the purchase of new or used equipment, forming a profitable loan or leasing package. You can use the services (repair, maintenance, etc.) at the manufacturer's authorized dealers.
Other products (SEM brand). This brand has been producing wheel loaders in China for over 50 years. The enterprise became a 100% subsidiary of Caterpillar in 2008. Currently, its product range includes medium and small loaders, tracked bulldozers, soil compactors weighing (20 ± 2) tons, as well as other earthmoving, construction and repair, municipal and road equipment ...