Use in war time
Caterpillar tractors were sent to the battlefront of World War I, where they were first used to haul artillery and supplies. Throughout the war, this versatile and powerful machine became a major artillery tractor hauling 6-inch howitzer guns, 60-pounders and later 9.2-inch howitzers. Holt’s tractors were also the inspiration for the British tank.
During World War II, Caterpillar products were instrumental to the war effort, in particular to the United States Naval Construction Forces who built bases, airstrips and roads throughout the Pacific.
CAT today and into the future
As recently as 2011, Caterpillar purchased Bacyrus International, a leading manufacturer of underground and surface mining equipment, which signalled their intention to remain at the forefront of mining and construction equipment manufacturing.
Today, Caterpillar has some 400 products ranging from tracked tractors to excavators, backhoe loaders, off-highway trucks and more. Their other business segments include:
- On-road trucks, such as the CAT CT660
- Diesel and natural gas engines, and gas turbines
- Defence products, that provides diesel engines, propulsion engines, transmissions, power generation systems, and more
- Electronic guidance and control systems
- Agricultural tractors
- Financing and insurance
- Branded consumer goods, such as footwear, clothing, hats, watches, scale models etc.