Wimborne centre celebrates 10 year anniversary

20 Apr 2010

The Wimborne Marine Power Centre, an engine packaging facility for US-based Caterpillar, recently celebrated its 10th anniversary as part of Caterpillar.

The Wimborne facility, located in Wimborne, Dorset, UK, was officially acquired by Caterpillar in 2000 and has since continued to expand into a major manufacturing facility producing Cat generator sets less than 250 ekW and Perkins engines for the marine market.

“The engines manufactured in Wimborne have always carried a reputation for quality and outstanding service,” explains general manager Ian Patton. “It was a natural fit within the marine power systems group at Caterpillar to complement and expand their product line.”

Today, the company’s 90 employees manufacture and package a series of generator set packages that are installed in marine applications all around the world. The facility carries the approval of all major classification societies and produces complete generator set packages that fully meet the complex and demanding requirements of these societies.

Since the acquisition by Caterpillar in 2000, the facility has evolved and grown to fill nearly every square inch of its Ferndown Industrial Estate lot. However, much of the growth and expansion has taken place inside of the facility, as employees utilise the systematic approach driven by Caterpillar Production System (CPS) to implement more efficiencies into the production flow to match demand for the engine product.

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