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Caterpillar to Become Sole Owner of Japanese Joint Venture

 
 

With the completion of the second phase of the share redemption plan, Caterpillar Japan Ltd. will become a 100 percent owned subsidiary of Caterpillar

TOKYO, Feb. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) announced today that Caterpillar Japan Ltd. (CJL) and MHI have agreed to complete a second phase of a share redemption plan in the second quarter of 2012, resulting in Caterpillar becoming the sole owner of CJL. The estimated value of the second phase of the share redemption is 36.5 billion JPY.

Caterpillar and MHI established a 50-50 joint venture more than 45 years ago known as Caterpillar Mitsubishi. In 1987, the joint venture was expanded, and the company was renamed Shin Caterpillar Mitsubishi (SCM). In 2008, following completion of the first phase of the redemption plan, Caterpillar became the majority shareholder in SCM, and the business was renamed Caterpillar Japan Ltd.

"We have enjoyed a long and successful partnership with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, which has in turn benefited our customers in the region who have relied on our machines to help make sustainable progress possible, and we are sure that our friendly relations will continue," said Rich Lavin, Caterpillar group president with responsibility for Construction Industries & Growth Markets. "The strategic decision to fully integrate our Japanese operations into Caterpillar supports our enterprise strategy focus on competing and growing our leadership in the rapidly expanding emerging markets of Asia and the Commonwealth of Independent States," Lavin continued.

"We are proud to have the more than 5,000 CJL employees as part of the Caterpillar family," said Ali Bahaj, Caterpillar vice president with responsibility for CJL. "Full ownership of CJL by Caterpillar will enable us to better serve our customers in Japan and around the world with expanded products and services as we pursue our goal of market leadership."

Caterpillar's operations in Japan include major manufacturing centers in Sagami, which will transition to a high-tech component facility, and Akashi, which is primarily involved in the manufacture of hydraulic excavators. Akashi is also home to the company's hydraulic excavator design center, providing the design for Caterpillar's hydraulic excavator product line globally. In addition, Caterpillar owns several dealers and rental companies that provide Caterpillar products and service key markets in Japan.    

About Caterpillar:
For more than 85 years, Caterpillar Inc. has been making sustainable progress possible and driving positive change on every continent. With 2011 sales and revenues of $60.138 billion, Caterpillar is the world's leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. The company also is a leading services provider through Caterpillar Financial Services, Caterpillar Remanufacturing Services, Caterpillar Logistics Services and Progress Rail Services. More information is available at: http://www.caterpillar.com.

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SOURCE Caterpillar Inc.

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