Berg Propulsion to become part of Caterpillar

Berg’s propeller and thruster products will soon come under the Caterpillar brand Berg’s propeller and thruster products will soon come under the Caterpillar brand

Caterpillar is nailing its colours firmly to the ‘one stop shop’ propulsion supplier mast, alongside other companies such as Wärtsilä, Rolls-Royce and MAN, with its acquisition of Berg Propulsion.

Caterpillar has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Swedish group Johan Walter Berg AB, including its core brand of Berg Propulsion. Berg manufactures mechanically and electrically driven propulsion systems and marine controls for ships. Caterpillar says that the acquisition will transform the company from selling only engines and generators to providing complete packaged marine propulsion systems.

Berg is long established in CP propeller and heavy-duty thruster design and build, having started in 1929. Berg will become part of the Caterpillar Marine and Petroleum Power Division, which supplies diesel and natural gas engines for the generation, control and supply of mechanical and electric power for the marine and petroleum industries. Berg’s thrusters, propellers and control systems will be rebranded as Caterpillar soon after the close of the deal, which is expected in the third quarter of 2013, pending final regulatory approvals.

 “Berg is one of the most highly regarded brands in the marine industry,” said Tom Frake, Caterpillar vice president with responsibility for the Marine and Petroleum Power Division.

“Our team will now be able to provide worldwide Caterpillar support to marine operators for a complete, optimised propulsion package, including bow thrusters, gear boxes and shaft alternators,” he continued. “In addition, Berg’s expertise, focus on maximising customers’ uptime and minimising operation cost aligns well with Caterpillar’s value proposition.”

“This marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter in our company’s history and is a chance to become part of the strongest brands – both Caterpillar and MaK – in our industry,” said Håkan Svensson, Berg’s CEO. “Berg has proudly served the marine industry for 101 years, always striving to provide the best economical and environmentally sound customer solutions. We look forward to developing and providing an even greater portfolio of products and services for ship owners around the world.”

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