January 3, 2014
Global Government & Corporate Affairs
Lea Ann McNabb
Corporate Public Relations
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
New agreements to strengthen unified solutions for the complete jobsite
PEORIA, Ill. and SUNNYVALE, Calif. – As part of their ongoing commitment to transforming the way contractors view jobsite productivity and the way they manage their businesses, Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT), the world’s leading supplier of construction equipment, and Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB), a global leader in technology solutions, today announced new agreements that will bring complete, technology-enabled construction jobsite solutions to the market.
Building on a partnership that spans nearly 20 years, the new agreements enhance both companies’ efforts to better serve global customers from project design through completion, with critical technologies and services focused on fleet management and site productivity across a contractor’s entire equipment fleet, regardless of brand.
“Caterpillar has worked with Trimble since 1996 to optimize site productivity through a revolutionary suite of grade control solutions, differentiated by industry-leading machine integration straight out of our manufacturing plants, mixed fleets’ aftermarket systems and through our world-class distribution network,” said Hans Haefeli, Caterpillar vice president with responsibility for the Advanced Components and Systems Division.
Since 2008, Caterpillar and Trimble have expanded their collaboration to bring both fleet management and site productivity solutions to the customer’s office and jobsite through the VisionLink® suite of applications. With today’s new agreements, the companies are further investing in their combined commitment to develop these products, expand the range of productivity applications and services, and bring a comprehensive unified fleet solution to the contractor. For Caterpillar, the strategic partnership with Trimble provides a site level, unified fleet focus to the Cat® Connect portfolio of products and services. Cat Connect leverages connectivity to more than 250,000 Cat machines globally. These machines can be monitored by customers to improve their fuel consumption, maintenance, productivity and overall fleet availability.
The latest agreements will strengthen Caterpillar’s already world-class distribution capability and enhance collaboration with Trimble’s SITECH® Technology Dealers, the only global distribution network dedicated to providing a comprehensive construction technology portfolio to the heavy and civil contractor.
“The agreements demonstrate both companies’ commitment to providing a brand agnostic information solution to contractors with mixed equipment fleets,” said Bryn Fosburgh, vice president responsible for Trimble’s construction technology divisions. “This unified fleet solution is enabled by VisionLink, which integrates a wide range of site and machine information elements to give customers a holistic view of their site. It’s a powerful tool that unlocks new levels of productivity and improves operation efficiency.”
Both companies look forward to building upon their successful agreements and continuing to deliver proven mixed fleet machine monitoring from the four corners of the jobsite to the four corners of the world for global fleet decisions made in real time.
For more than 85 years, Caterpillar Inc. has been making sustainable progress possible and driving positive change on every continent. With 2012 sales and revenues of $65.875 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 and Progress Rail Services. More information is available at: http://www.caterpillar.com.
Trimble applies technology to make field and mobile workers in businesses and government significantly more productive. Solutions are focused on applications requiring position or location—including surveying, construction, agriculture, fleet and asset management, public safety and mapping. In addition to utilizing positioning technologies, such as GPS, lasers and optics, Trimble solutions may include software content specific to the needs of the user. Wireless technologies are utilized to deliver the solution to the user and to ensure a tight coupling of the field and the back office. Founded in 1978, Trimble is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif. For more information, visit: www.trimble.com.