Cat announces opening of new distribution centre in Queensland

Caterpillar Logistics has announced plans for a new 500,000 square foot parts distribution centre to be located in Yatala, Queensland, which is expected to be operational by the middle of 2013.

When at full capacity, the new facility between Brisbane and the Gold Coast will employ up to 150 people and be an important link in the Cat parts distribution network and will support both off-road (mining and construction) and on-road (Cat trucks and Cat on-highway engines).

“This investment in a key market for Cat products is the next step in a multi-year expansion of our global parts distribution network. We are focused on ensuring our customers’ success through a global, high velocity network that delivers the industry’s best parts availability,” said Steve Larson, Vice president of Caterpillar Inc and president of Cat Logistics.

Access to two major airports (Brisbane and Coolangatta), several regional airports, the Port of Brisbane and a major highway network make this an ideal location for a strategic logistics operation. The new facility will come as good news for Cat Trucks’ Queensland and Northern Territory distributor, Hastings Deering, and their on-highway clients.

The Yatala facility is the seventh new parts distribution centre announced by Cat, which is also expanding the existing parts operation at Tullamarine in Melbourne. All of the Cat facilities will utilise common systems and processes in addition to Cat’s Service Parts Management (SPM) which is a global software solution that has been progressively replacing previous multiple systems used by the Cat parts network.

“All of these investments have the singular purpose of ensuring that caterpillar and cat dealers support our customers’ success better than anyone else,” Larson added.

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