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Caterpillar India starts manufacturing 40 & 50 Ton class Off-Highway Trucks Print E-mail
Written by Arjun   
Monday, 28 November 2011
Bangalore: Caterpillar India has started producing 40 Ton and 50 Ton class Off-Highway Trucks (770G and 772G) and the 998 H loader for construction, quarry and mining applications. The company has manufacturing facilities at Hosur, Thiruvallur & Pondicherry in Southern India. The facilities produce engines and power generation equipment, quarry and construction trucks, mining trucks, backhoe loaders, wheel loaders and a wide variety of related components.

The company's facility in Thiruvallur is located about 40 km away from Chennai. It currently employs over 1000 people and produces Wheel loaders, backhoe loaders, Quarry and Mining Trucks. The facility has been recently upgraded to manufacture off-highway trucks for global supply.

The company's India Engineering Design Center(EDC) plays a key role in implementing Caterpillar's global R&D footprint. It has a large pool of qualified engineers working to support more than 40 Caterpillar locations world wide.

"India is a progressive growth market and a focus region for Caterpillar. India's manufacturing footprint is a part of our global manufacturing footprint. There will be substantial localisation to remain price competitive. We have a lot of suppliers in India. We are also focusing on enhancing the efficiency of our supply chain in the country," said Phillip Pollock, Marketing Manager - Asia Pacific, Caterpillar Asia Pte Ltd.

The 770G and 772G are powered by C15 and C18 ACERT engines respectively, with a net engine power of 365 kW (489 hp) and 421 kW (565 hp) each. The company currently produces the engines at its manufacturing plants in the U.S.

The engine oil and filter require changing at 500-hour intervals, and the transmission, torque converter, steering and braking hydraulic filters require service at 1,000-hour intervals. Major components, such as the engine and the planetary power-shift transmission, have long service lives. The seven-speed power shift transmission is integrated with transmission chassis control electronics for improved performance and extended durability. The differential design enhances durability. Long-life truck frames are made of mild steel for simplified welding repair in the field.

Caterpillar India's Hosur facility specialises in design and manufacture of internal combustion engines, genset package and components.There are 300 employees in the facility.The product variants, in a wide ranging perspective, are Diesel engines, Gas engine long blocks and electric power generator sets.Product ratings range from 200 kVA to 2000 kVA depending on various families like 3300, 3400, C series and 3500.The Hosur facility has an extensive customer base across India, China, Indonesia, Australia, Europe & North America.

FG Wilson Generators India Pvt Ltd is situated in Pondicherry. FGWIndia packages low cost, high efficiency utility generators in the range of 10-40 kVA mainly to cater to the local telecom market for its standby power. The offering also includes DG sets with sound proof enclosures upto 1000 kVA and DG sets with or without enclosures beyond 1000 kVA.

Caterpillar India has a re-manufacturing license and is currently also involved in re-manufacturing its equipment in India. The company aims to reduce the total cost of ownership of its equipment in the country.

GMMCO and TIPL are the company's distributors in India.

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