Caterpillar to open new facility in China

Caterpillar plans to expand its manufacturing presence in China to further position the company to meet growing customer demand in China.

The company will produce mini hydraulic excavator models in the under 8-ton range at the new facility in Wujiang. The facility will be part of Caterpillar’s Building Construction Products Division, which has manufacturing operations in the United States, Japan and the United Kingdom.

The company is expected to begin working on the new facility in late 2010 pending approvals from governmental officials in Jiangsu province. Currently, Caterpillar supplies Chinese customers with mini excavators produced at Caterpillar’s facility in Xuzhou, China and with machines produced in Sagami, Japan.