Caterpillar will produce mini hydraulic excavator models in the under 8-ton range at a new facility in Wujiang. "China is the world’s largest market for excavators in the below 8-ton class," said Mary Bell, Caterpillar vice president for building construction products.
Work on the Wujiang facility is expected to begin later this year pending approvals from the Jiangsu government.
Caterpillar expects to begin producing mini excavators in Wujiang by 2012. It currently supplies Chinese customers with mini excavators produced at its facility in Xuzhou, but once the Wujiang plant begins production, the operation in Xuzhou will increase capacity for other Caterpillar products.
PR Newswire reports that in recent years, Caterpillar and its independent dealers have made significant investments to expand the range of products and components produced in China. Caterpillar has more than 6,000 employees across China.
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