Caterpillar Inc. has opened a new, regional center in Singapore for remanufacturing components for large off-highway trucks and other mining equipment. The 20,000-m2 (215,278-ft2) building will handle major components like engines, transmissions, final drives and torque converters.
Caterpillar manufactures construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines, and diesel-electric locomotives.
"This new Singapore facility will expand our capability to provide unmatched customer support to the mining industry of Asia," stated vice president Greg Folley, who has responsibility for Caterpillar’s Remanufacturing & Components Division. "Remanufacturing is an attractive, growing and sustainable industry. Our investment here is another illustration of Caterpillar's commitment to customers and sustainable development in Asia. Together with our remanufacturing facility in Shanghai, China, we now provide an unmatched combination of availability, cost, and regional support for our Asia-Pacific customers."
Caterpillar operates regional remanufacturing operations to restore used parts and equipment (described as “end-of-life components”) to original condition ("same-as-when-new") in terms of reliability, durability, and performance. The company states that remanufacturing reduces waste, minimizes the need for raw materials, and lowers lifecycle cost over the life of a product.
"This new facility's position has been strengthened through a partnership with Singapore's Economic Development Board (EDB)," stated Mark DuBois, the Singapore facility manager. "Thanks to their support, we are able to support this growing business from Singapore. Ultimately, it enables us to better partner with our dealers and customers to provide a low-cost repair option that reduces downtime, improves equipment availability and drives down operating costs."
"Cat Reman makes one of the greatest contributions to sustainable development by keeping nonrenewable resources in circulation for multiple lifetimes," said Frank Li, Asia-Pacific general manager for Caterpillar's Remanufacturing & Components Division. "Sustainability is also built into the Singapore facility itself through a number of features that will have a positive environmental impact."