Caterpillar to open Dubai facility
Illinois (US) , December 22, 2010
Caterpillar, a leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, said its logistics unit will open a new parts distribution center in Dubai.
The new 450,000-sq ft facility is part of the multiyear expansion and enhancement of the Europe, Africa and Middle East (EAME) Cat Parts distribution network, said a statement from Caterpillar Logistics Services (Cat Logistics).
It will be the third facility added to Caterpillar's global service parts distribution network in the last five years, it stated.
The new Dubai unit will employ between 100 and 120 people and will further strengthen primary aftermarket parts support in the Africa and Middle East region, said a top official.
"We are very pleased to be adding the Dubai Distribution Center to our industry leading global parts network," said Steve Larson, Caterpillar vice president with responsibility for parts distribution and logistics, chairman and president of Caterpillar Logistics Services.
"With the outstanding product support capability of Cat dealers in the region and the improved parts availability this operation will deliver, we will continue providing customers an unmatched level of after-sale support," he explained.
Once operational, the Dubai center will increase total warehouse capacity for the EAME network, adding to existing Distribution Centers in Grimbergen, Johannesburg and Moscow.
"We are excited about our overall growth opportunities in the Middle East and Africa markets and, along with our dealers, are investing in expanding our facilities," said Paolo Fellin, Caterpillar vice president with responsibility for EAME Distribution.
"The Dubai center, combined with further enhancements to our Johannesburg distribution center, will allow us to improve parts and components availability and delivery process to dealers and customers in this growth region," he added.-TradeArabia News Service