Caterpillar showcases new ‘Built for China’ machines

15 October 2013

Marketing manager for Caterpillar Global Construction & Infrastructure Asia Pacific, Phillip Pol

Marketing manager for Caterpillar Global Construction & Infrastructure Asia Pacific, Phillip Pol

Construction equipment manufacturer Caterpillar has used the BICES exhibition in Beijing, China, as the launch pad for new tracked and wheeled excavators, as well as a wheeled loader specifically designed for the Chinese market.

The new ‘Built for China’ models included the 3.1 m3 class 950 GC wheeled loader, two new wheeled excavators – the 15 tonne class M315D2 and 17 tonne class M317D2 – as well as the 36 tonne class tracked 336D2 excavator and 22 tonne class 320D tracked excavator.

Key trends in the new launches include a robust and heavy-duty design and a focus on advanced hydraulics and fuel efficiency.

The 320D, for instance, features a boom and stick regeneration system that is said to save energy during boom-down and stick-in operations, reducing cycle times and adding to overall fuel efficiency.

Meanwhile, the 336D2’s US Tier 2/EU Stage II-compliant Caterpillar C9 Acert engine boasts a new three-stage fuel filtration system designed to remove harmful contaminants from potentially low-quality fuel.

The aim is to improve the machine's uptime and the service life of fuel system components.

The 950 GC wheeled loader features a 168 kW C7.1 engine that meets US Tier 3/EU Stage IIIA emissions standards. It has been fitted with a new fuel-injection system specifically designed for the quality of fuel available in emerging markets.

Marketing manager for Caterpillar Global Construction & Infrastructure Asia Pacific, Phillip Pollock, said, "We are now seeing our customers in China focus on the total lifecycle of a machine. We are offering reliable machines with a focus on improved efficiency.”

Over 120,000 visitors are expected to attend BICES, which takes place from 15 to 18 October at the Jiu Hua International Exhibition Center.

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