Caterpillar launches distribution facility in South Africa

 Caterpillar has officially launched a 60 000 m2 distribution facility in Gauteng, South Africa. This will enable them work more efficiently, hence increase its capacity to provide unmatched parts availability to customers across Africa.

 
The 60 000 m2 facility consolidates two smaller parts distribution sites, one at Linbro Park and the other at Isando. It will serve more than 10 000 customers in 11 countries and will stock more than 110 000 different parts to service machines in the region.
 
“Caterpillar’s investment in a new and more efficient parts distribution facility demonstrates its deep commitment to customers in Africa,” noted Caterpillar Group president for customer and dealer support Rob Charter.
 
The distribution facility
 
He highlighted that the project is the largest parts distribution facility in the company’s industry in Africa. It is also one of 21 of its kind in the world, and the first in the continent.
 
Moreover, Caterpillar has further negotiated an Equity Equivalent Investment Programme with the South African Department of Trade and Industry. It is the largest programme of this type in South Africa.
 
Charter pointed out that the facility, to date, is Caterpillar’s largest investment in physical assets in Africa.
 
“We are looking forward to expanding our partnership with the South African government toward achieving economic transformation,” he said.
 
A portion of the facility – about 3 500 m2 – will host Barloworld Equipment’s retail parts operation.
 
About Caterpillar
 
Barloworld Equipment is the official dealer of Caterpillar products and services in 11 South African regions and seven Southern African countries. The company consolidated its over-the-counter aftermarket parts activities from Linbro Park and Isando at the new location.
 
Caterpillar builds and supplies construction and mining equipment, as well as diesel and natural gas engines, industrial turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. It also provides financial services such as rental equipment.

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