Caterpillar Expands Logistics, Truck Ops Overseas

Caterpillar Expands Logistics, Truck Ops Overseas

U.S.-based heavy equipment maker Caterpillar is expanding its logistics and manufacturing operations overseas with new ventures in Australia, South Africa and China.

Caterpillar and partner Navistar will roll into Australia this October with Cat heavy-duty trucks -- the Cat CT 610 and CT 630 -- designed and built in Australia.

The joint-venture partners, operating as NC2, launched operations in South Africa this week, replacing the previous Navistar International truck sales network there.

In China, Caterpillar Logistics Services opened a 9,000-square-foot logistics center to support Cat's expanding manufacturing footprint in Asia.

In addition to supporting Caterpillar's Asian manufacturing network, the Suzhou center will provide warehousing, replenishment and distribution services.

Cat Logistics is expanding in the U.S., as well, striking a deal earlier this year with trucking company Con-way Freight.

The $32.4 billion equipment manufacturer launched its joint venture with Navistar last year to build and sell heavy-duty trucks outside North America and India.

Australia is the first market to get the Cat trucks, which are being designed and optimized for the Australian market and built in Tullamarine, Australia.

In addition to Australia and South Africa, NC2 plans to sell trucks in Brazil, China, Russia, South Africa, and Turkey under both Cat and International brands.

Caterpillar and Navistar also will build a heavy-duty vocational truck for the U.S. market. That truck will be introduced in 2011, the company said.

-- Contact William B. Cassidy at wcassidy@joc.com.