The early 2000s saw Caterpillar venturing into deeper R&D efforts in India with the acquisition of Hindustan Motors. Today, it has the company’s second largest concentration of engineers in the world with more than 3,200 engineers work in Caterpillar Engineering and Design Centers (EDC) in India. The EDC provides comprehensive product development and associated engineering services to Caterpillar business units across the globe. For more than 10 years, EDC has collaborated with professors at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) to solve tough problems in mechanical engineering, material behaviors and virtual product development.
The Team in India strives to develop global products and solutions through various engineering domains, including mechanical, hydraulics, engines and power train, vehicle electrical, electronics, embedded and software technologies. They also make important contributions to the intellectual property (IP) generated by Caterpillar, which has, so far, filed several patent applications.