Embedded within global group Caterpillar Energy and Transportation division, Caterpillar Marine Power UK Ltd manufactures Cat® marine generator sets, marine propulsion engines and Perkins Marine auxiliary engines at its facility in Wimborne, Dorset. Working with 60 Cat dealers and Perkins Marine Distributors on a global scale, Caterpillar Marine Power UK Ltd is a leader in the marine sector thanks to its focus on innovation and customer driven solutions that ensure its broad client base receive ongoing support and satisfaction. Operating as an end-to-end supplier to sectors such as cargo, crew, dredge, ferry, fishing, government and military, inland water way, offshore, pleasure craft and tug and salvage, the company’s engineering expertise and flexible manufacturing capabilities have cemented its reputation for operational excellence and product integrity.
“In terms of what we do, we have two types of products: we design, manufacture and test marine propulsion engines from 400 – 500 horsepower (Caterpillar C7.1 Pleasure craft engine) and a specific range of Perkins Marine propulsion engines for lesser regulated markets. We also produce Caterpillar generator packaged products that range from 10 ekW to 200 ekW – C1.5, C2.2, C4.4 mechanical, C4.4 ACERT and C7.1 generators. When it comes to dealers and distributors, 97 per cent of our product is exported outside of the UK, split between Europe and the rest of the world. As an export driven business, we are expertly supported by Caterpillar dealers and Perkins Marine Distributors across the globe,” says Andrew Goldspink, General Manager at Caterpillar Marine Power UK Ltd.
He continues: “The business here in Wimborne, Dorset has been a wholly owned subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc since 2000, designing and manufacturing both propulsion engines and generators. It was this acquisition back in April 2000 that was the catalyst for us receiving the investment in new products and the facilities to manufacture them. There has been a highly aggressive investment in generator sets, from the C1.5 to the C7.1, however most recently we are proud of the investment in the C7.1 pleasure craft propulsion engine, which we released in April 2016. This is soon to be followed later this year by the C7.1 commercial engine, for commercial marine propulsion ratings.”
The new C7.1 follows the launch of C7.1 high performance diesel engine for recreational applications at Yachts Miami Beach in 2016, which is available in three ratings: 507 mhp, 456 mhp and 406 mhp, all at 2900 rpm. All C7.1 power ratings meet EPA Tier 3, IMO II, EU Recreational Craft Directive and EU Stage IIIA regulations. Powerful and compact, the engine offers a swift response time and speedy acceleration to users, while also being ideal for smaller vessels and motor yachts ranging from 25 to 60 feet in size. Featuring a common rail fuel system, the engine enables optimum combustion and low emissions while also providing quiet operation due to reduced combustion noise thanks to advanced electroni control. Furthermore, no visible smoke is emitted from the C7.1 engines during operation.
Alongside investments in product development, Caterpillar Marine Power UK Ltd has also benefited from a significant investment of more than £5 million over the last two years, with a large amount of this going into the company’s production facility, operations inbound logistics centre as well as its paint plant and test cells. “We have also invested in our people by ensuring they have a stimulating environment to work in through new office and welfare facilities. These two streams of investment have brought us to the point where we now have an extensive range of both generator products as well as propulsion engines while also being able to really focus on our customers and innovate quickly,” highlights Andrew. “During the innovation process we ensure product integrity driven by the Caterpillar new product introduction process (NPI) that we have embedded into our product development and engineering teams so customers get exactly what they expect.
“Strengthening these investments is our focus on delivering a lean supply chain, which is embedded in the Caterpillar Production System (CPS) of having a flexible manufacturing process that adds value to our customers,” he adds. “This systematic approach implements more efficiency into the flow of production, ensuring we focus on customer value.”
Operating in a wholly evolved facility and benefiting from a lean supply chain, Caterpillar Marine Power UK knows the best is yet to come. As part of the Caterpillar legacy, the company is proud of the level of service it delivers to customers across the globe and is keen to continue its strong reputation for product integrity and a customer-centric approach to business for many years to come.
Caterpillar Marine Power UK Ltd
Produce Cat® diesel marine generator sets and propulsion engines and Perkins Marine diesel auxiliary and propulsion engines
Launching the C7.1 commercial rated engine
Recently upgraded facility in Wimborne, Dorset, United Kingdom