Caterpillar has launched its next generation 20-tonne excavator portfolio with improved productivity, lower fuel consumption and lower maintenance costs.
After a successful launch of four products in December 2017, Caterpillar India has launched its next generation 20-tonne size class excavators, Cat® 320D3 and Cat 323D3, from its Thiruvallur manufacturing plant in Tamil Nadu, to cater to the Indian construction industry.
The Indian Construction Equipment Manufacturers Association expects the construction equipment industry to reach US$5 billion by 2020, with sales of excavators growing about 20 per cent according to Off-Highway Research. 'To cater to the demand of our customers for a more reliable and more powerful heavy-duty excavator equipped with state-of-the-art technology, higher productivity, lower fuel consumption and lower maintenance costs, we have launched these two next generation 20-tonne size class excavators, Cat 320D3 and Cat 323D3,' said Gurman Reen, Director, Sales & Marketing, Caterpillar India.
The new 320D3 fits road contractors' and construction customers' demand for low owning and operating costs. The 320D3 consumes 15 per cent less fuel than its predecessor 320D2 and shows 5 per cent lower maintenance cost with much lower owning and operating costs. The new 323D3 is built to endure the toughest job on the site with the 1.2 cu m severe duty bucket. To further customer advantage, the excavators come with simple, easy to maintain robust systems to keep them running all day, every day.
GMMCO and Gainwell Commosales (GCPL, formerly TIPL) are two dealers in India with a total of 230+ outlets and more than 1,350 field service technicians. There are 19 Caterpillar Parts Distribution Centres that serve India for the best-in-class service experience of customers. The new excavators are launched with service response time assurance for high machine uptime. 'The advanced features combined with exciting launch offers of extended warranty, financing options, rental solutions, customer service agreements and our unmatched dealer product support capability would be a sure delight to customers,' said H Jayaram, Managing Director & CEO, GMMCO, and Sunil Chaturvedi, Chairman & Managing Director, GCPL.
'We are optimistic about the pace of infrastructure development in India and we will continue to offer the best of our technologies and experience to meet the unique demands of our customers in India,' said John Fallows, Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Global Construction & Infrastructure.
Caterpillar has been active in India since 1930s and its machines have built everything from roads and airports to pipelines and buildings. The company has state-of-the art manufacturing facilities in Thiruvallur and Hosur, Tamil Nadu; Aurangabad and Banda, Maharashtra, some of which are manufacturing machines for exports. In line with the commitment to usher in the 'Age of Smart Iron' and to make best use of technology, the newly launched Cat 320D3 and Cat 323D3 come equipped with Cat Product Link™ telematics system. Cat Product Link is a robust cellular based asset monitoring solution.
It enables powerful tools to transform data from an entire fleet into essential information required to boost productivity, reduce costs and manage risks. 'We want our customers, big and small, to be more successful using Cat products. Caterpillar does this by offering solutions beyond its machines by combining services and technology, such as data analytics and automation. These combined offerings enable our customers to better manage and track projects, monitor safety and performance and measure productivity,' said Giacomo Bottone, Worldwide Medium Excavator Product Manager, Caterpillar Inc.