Caterpillar expands remanufacturing business

Caterpillar Inc. and Remy International, Inc. have announced that Caterpillar Remanufacturing Services will acquire Williams Technologies, Inc., a leading remanufacturer of automatic transmissions, torque converters, and engines for automotive and medium- and heavy-duty truck applications.

Williams Technologies currently remanufactures over 40 transmission models for a variety of automotive Original Equipment Manufacturers and vehicle platforms. This acquisition represents an expansion of Caterpillar Remanufacturing Services into the automotive powertrain remanufacturing business.

Caterpillar is one of the world's largest remanufacturers, recycling more than 100 million pounds of used iron every year into remanufactured engine, transmission and hydraulic components. The acquisition also builds on relationships already established in the automotive industry by Caterpillar subsidiary Caterpillar Logistics Services, Inc., which is one of the world's largest third party logistics providers. "This acquisition is an excellent strategic fit, providing an opportunity to leverage Caterpillar's core remanufacturing strengths (core management, reverse logistics, machining of rough castings, salvage technology, etc.) to provide remanufacturing services to original equipment manufacturers in the automotive industry," commented Steve Fisher, general manager of Caterpillar's Remanufactured Products Group. "We are excited about the opportunity to broaden the portfolio of services Williams will offer to current and future OEM customers. We intend to expand our customer base and serve the market in an even greater capacity. Remanufactured components provide Williams' clients with a reliable, lower cost product to offer their dealers and end users, along with the added environmental benefit of returning the iron to a useful life." Williams Technologies is located in Summerville, South Carolina and employs approximately 500 personnel. Williams will join seven other Caterpillar remanufacturing facilities located in the United States, Mexico and Europe.

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