Caterpillar to open new parts distribution center in Australia image

Caterpillar Logistics, a wholly owned subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc., will open a new parts distribution center in Yatala, Australia.

The 500,000-square-foot facility will employ up to 150 peoplle and is expected to be operational by mid-2013.

The new facility will represent an important link in the Caterpillar parts distribution network and will support the company dealers in Australia. “This investment in a key market for Cat products is the next step in the multiyear expansion of our global parts distribution network. We are focused on ensuring our customers’ success through a global, high velocity network that delivers the industry’s best parts availability,” said Steve Larson, vice president of Caterpillar Inc. and president of Cat Logistics.

Caterpillar chose the location in Yatala because it has access to major air and seaports and also to a major highway network. The facility will be the seventh new parts distribution center in Cat’s modernization plan and will join the previously announced facilities in Waco, Texas; Clayton, Ohio; Spokane, Washington; Central California; Dubai, United Arab Emirates and San Luis Potosi, Mexico.

All these new facilities represent an increase of nearly four-and-one-half million square-feet to Cat’s overall distribution network.