Cat Magazine - Issue 1 2017

Cat Magazine - Issue 1 2017


As I look through this first issue of Cat Magazine for 2017, each story is a testament to our people and our customers who help make Caterpillar the kind of globally respected company it is today. But before a brief article preview, I wanted to talk about Africa. 

In spite of the severe commodities crunch, Caterpillar, our dealers and our customers are all still bullish on Africa. The facts are clear. Seven out of 10 of the world’s fastest growing economies are here, along with a $50 billion annual infrastructure investment gap, one third of the world’s mineral deposits (versus less than 10 percent of the actual mining), a population of more than 1 billion that will double by 2030, and yet only one out of three Africans has regular access to electricity. 

That means there are endless opportunities to improve the lives of millions when Caterpillar and our partners apply our capabilities. Whether it’s through our footprint of 15,000 Caterpillar and dealer employees on the ground, or through the Technicians for Africa program (that provides much needed foundational skills to anyone willing to learn), or through the many projects that our customers create, we are helping provide great jobs that will help transform Africa.

For this issue, our main story comes from Albania and covers the Fier by-pass highway construction.

We go underground in Germany where a Cat 992K is assembled in a salt mine. And, you’ll read about how the versatility of a Cat compact track loader is handling a variety of tasks at the Courteenhall estate in the UK. Plus, we take a look at how repair options are benefitting and adding value for customers. Finally, our Spotlights section takes a glimpse at the first female operators, 3D printing and, of course, the retirement of Caterpillar Chairman and CEO Doug Oberhelman, to whom I wish the best of luck in his future endeavors.

David Picard,

Region Manager

Africa & Middle East