Caterpillar began R&D efforts in India in the early 2000s with the acquisition of Hindustan Motors. Today, more than 3,200 engineers work in Caterpillar Engineering and Design Centers (EDC) in India, the company’s second largest concentration of engineers in the world. The EDC provides comprehensive product development and associated engineering services to Caterpillar business units across the globe. Engineers in India work to develop global products and solutions through various engineering domains including mechanical, hydraulics, engines and power train, vehicle electricals, electronics and embedded technologies.
For more than 10 years, EDC has collaborated with professors at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) to develop new technology and processes that solve tough problems in mechanical engineering, material behaviors and virtual product development. Engineers in India provide important contributions to the intellectual property generated by Caterpillar.