Caterpillar Inc. and its German dealer, Zeppelin Baumaschinen GmbH, are exhibiting the latest Cat machines, work tools and engines to thousands of visitors at the world’s largest construction industry trade show, bauma 2013. The company is highlighting key productivity enhancements on machines, equipment management and jobsite management through technology solutions such as Product Link, Vision Link, Cat Grade Control and Accugrade.

“One of the stars of this show is a machine that epitomizes our commitment to bring value to our customers by lowering their owning and operating costs,” said Caterpillar chairman and CEO Doug Oberhelman. “We’re launching our first-ever product to use our new hydraulic hybrid technology — the Cat 336E H. This excavator uses as much as 25-percent less fuel than the standard 336E, without sacrificing performance, and is a core example of Caterpillar’s innovation. Since fuel is one of our customers’ largest expenses, this hybrid technology can directly improve their bottom lines.”

Other products on display that focus on technology to deliver productivity, fuel economy and sustainability include:

  • The 988K wheel loader, also being launched at the show, which is equipped with an engine type approved for the stringent European Union Stage IV, and that also uses United States EPA Tier 4 Final emission standards. The 988K also offers up to 20-percent greater fuel efficiency compared to the previous model.
  • The Cat966K XE wheel loader, equipped with an advanced powertrain system, delivers up to a 25-percent fuel efficiency improvement over the previous model with optimum performance.
  • The Cat D7E electric drive track-type tractor, which was introduced in 2009, was the first track-type tractor with a diesel-electric power train to be sold commercially. The company marked a significant milestone in 2012 by selling its 500th D7E.
  • A full range of Stage IV, Tier 4 Final industrial engines and technologies that meet high expectations for reliability, performance, fuel and fluid efficiency and component life, with significantly reduced emissions. Cat industrial engines are utilized by a wide range of OEMs in the construction, mining and general industrial sectors.

“The current economic uncertainty in Europe doesn’t change our long-term focus here,” said Oberhelman. “We have a history in Europe that exceeds 80 years, and we continued our strategic growth in 2011 by purchasing MWM, a leading global supplier of sustainable, natural gas and alternative-fuel engines. Our footprint in this part of the world and our relationships with dealers like Zeppelin, which provides our customers unparalleled customer support and service, will help our customers weather the storm.”

Representatives from Cat Financial and Cat Insurance are also at bauma. Plus, customers can also learn more about products offered through Zeppelin Rental, as well as Cat Certified Used and Cat Remanufacturing at the show. bauma 2013 runs Monday, April 15, through Sunday, April 21. After huge crowds the first three days of the show, attendance is expected to be close to half a million.

Caterpillar is headquartered in Peoria, Ill.