Some companies are known for their wide range of products while others are niche players. In construction, the biggest names in big equipment generally have been building their reputation for generations. And one of the biggest names is often shortened to one of the smallest: Cat.

Caterpillar has been making heavy equipment since 1925 and is presently the world’s largest manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines, and diesel-electric locomotives. Cat even has achieved a milestone in autonomous vehicle operations, moving 2.2 billion short tons of mined material with its MineStar Command for hauling. During the last six years, MineStar Solutions has grown its expertise in autonomous operations, not just hauling but also with autonomous dozers, drills, and underground loaders.

Caterpillar has more than 275 autonomous trucks in operation and the use of autonomous vehicles in mining doesn’t show any signs of slowing, Cat has a number of large mining companies either looking to expand their current autonomous haulage operations or implement new ones.

The company is focused on internal as well as external sustainability as witnessed by its recent 2019 Sustainability Report. Prepared in alignment with criteria established by the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board, the report underscores how Caterpillar provides value to customers by making sustainable progress possible through its operations, products, services, and solutions that make safe, productive, and efficient use of resources.

Highlights include:

  • Dedication to the safety, health, and well-being of Caterpillar employees, resulting in one of the best safety performances on record.
  • Providing services that transform traditional product support in ways that reduce environmental footprint, while providing innovative support to customers.
  • Delivering expanded offerings in innovative and sustainable ways.
  • Focusing on operational excellence, which translates to lean and efficient operations in the communities served.
  • Continued progress on their 2020 goals, achieving several in the areas of safety, energy efficiency, greenhouse gas emissions and managed fleet hours, with work underway to set future goals.

Cat deserves recognition for its long service to the construction industry and its focus on its employees and customers. In many parts of the world, Cat dozers and other heavy equipment from the 1930s and 1940 are still in use, showing the reliability and strength built in from the start.

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