Last Thursday, US manufacturer of construction and mining equipment Caterpillar opened their new international parts distribution centre in in Kempton Park, Ekurhuleni. The centre is the only one located in Africa.
“Caterpillar’s investment in a new and more efficient parts distribution facility demonstrates its deep commitment to customers in Africa,” said group president for customer and dealer support Rob Charter.
Charter said this was in line with the company’s previous announcement of committing to invest more than $1-billion in Africa over the next five years.
Caterpillar Aftermarket Parts Distribution director Bonnie Fetch said: “We are serving 10,000 customers in 11 countries through this project. There are 110,000 different parts stocked here [at this warehouse]. We look forward to our future in South Africa.”
The event was also a celebration of Caterpillar’s 90 year-long partnership with South African industrial company Barloworld.
“I can’t help but reflect on how this partnership is evidence of the success that is achieved when good things from the United States and South Africa come together,” said Chargé d’Affaires Jessye Lapenn.
Also at the event was acting mayor of Ekurhuleni, Masele Madihlaba, who conveyed immense gratitude for the partnership as it is pushing back against unemployment in the city.
Here is to 90 more years of Caterpillar in South Africa!