CHICAGO Caterpillar Inc. has opened a new powertrain facility in Wuxi, China, to make axles, transmissions and final drives for use in a range of Caterpillar earth moving and mining machinery products as it looks to capture "the long-term opportunities related to economic development and infrastructure investment" in the Asian nation.
The company has also completed an expansion of an existing component plant in Wuxi to produce hydraulic cylinders for Caterpillar machines. Both facilities are part of Caterpillars advanced components and systems division.
"We are bringing the complete Caterpillar business model to China in order to better serve and support our customer base," Caterpillar chairman and chief executive officer Doug Oberhelman said in a statement.
With the opening of the new powertrain operation, Caterpillar now has 24 manufacturing facilities in China, in addition to four research and development centers, and three logistics and parts centers.