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Caterpillar has inaugurated its new Middle East parts distribution centre in Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza), Dubai
The centre, which measures 46,452 square metres, will employ 130 people and will be used to strengthen the firm's aftermarket parts support in the East Africa and the Middle East region.
Steve Larson, president of logistics services at Caterpillar, said, “We are very pleased to be adding the Middle East distribution centre (MEDC) to our industry leading global parts network."
The MEDC is expected to increase total warehouse capacity for the company's Europe, Africa and Middle East (EAME) network, adding to existing distribution centres in Grimbergen, Johannesburg and Moscow.
Nigel Lewis, Caterpillar vice president for EAME distribution, said, “The Middle East distribution centre is the first of a number of investments we are making in the region that will allow us to improve parts and components availability and the delivery process to our dealers and customers."
The facility will also contribute to Caterpillar’s sustainable development goals by reducing airfreight for parts ordered in the region.
H.E. Salma Ali Saif Bin Hareb, chief commercial officer of Economic Zones World and Jafza, said, “Caterpillar’s expansion underlines the company’s vision and commitment to the region. We are sure the new facility will enable them to further strengthen Caterpillar’s strong presence in the region."