Canadian Mining Journal


TRUCKS: Cat articulated truck production reaches 50,000 units

Cat is proud to have delivered the 50,000th articulated Cat truck to an American construction firm.

PETERLEE, U.K. – In a year of multiple milestones for Cat trucks, Caterpillar announces the manufacture and delivery of its 50,000th articulated truck. Since the start of Cat branded articulated truck manufacturing in Peterlee, U.K., in 1985, Caterpillar has become a leader in articulated truck design and manufacture.

“The articulated truck has been a key member of Caterpillar’s core product line since it was developed in Peterlee, which has always been its proud home. I thank the entire team for their focus and dedication to continually improve the design, manufacture and support of these great trucks for our customers,” says Brent Losey, product manager for articulated trucks. “We are proud to see the 50,000th truck drive off the assembly line, and we look forward to the next 50,000!”

Trader Construction Company of New Bern, N.C., received the 50,000th unit during a ceremony held at the Peterlee facility recently. “Trader and Caterpillar have enjoyed a longstanding relationship dating back to the 1960s, and Trader has owned or leased a total of 500 36-tonne class articulated trucks over the years,” says Anthony Pollock, articulated trucks marketing manager for Caterpillar.

Trader operates and maintains more than 200 pieces of heavy equipment, including 50 articulated trucks.

With a heritage dating back to the DJB Design & Engineering Ltd. company, today’s Cat family of articulated trucks features six, three-axle models with rated payloads ranging from 24 to 41 tonne) and heaped capacities from 15 to 25 m3. Caterpillar first premiered a 36-tonne payload class articulated truck with the D400 in 1985. Caterpillar now is a leading supplier of 36-plus-tonne class articulated trucks to the mining and heavy construction industries.

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