HORIBA to expand its global MCT (Mechatronics) business by providing test systems for Caterpillar Inc. at new facility in China


New Caterpillar production base in Tianjin, China, will be equipped with three heavy-duty test cells and one generator test system by HORIBA

HORIBA Automotive Test Systems (ATS), a well-known worldwide supplier of automotive test systems, has been awarded a contract by Caterpillar Inc. to provide test equipment for the company's engines and generator sets. HORIBA will deliver three heavy-duty test cells and one generator test system by the start of production in January 2013.

In 2010, HORIBA ATS established a 9,400 m2 manufacturing plant in Shanghai/Anting, China. With the new contract, HORIBA accelerates its expansion into the Asian region and underlines its capabilities as a total solution provider. This is truly a global win for the company as it represents the combined efforts of its three North American ATS offices, as well as its German and Chinese locations.

HORIBA's multi-functional heavy-duty test cells will be used to analyze the massive, high capacity 3500 Series engines and generator packages of Caterpillar. Automatic Guided Vehicles (AGV) will transport test specimens from rigging stations to test cells. Once in place, test specimens will undergo complete functional testing using state of the art advanced HORIBA equipment.  Test cell capacity of up to 3.6  megawatts will be used in the engine test cells. To meet the local customer's needs, the test systems feature dual-language operator controls in both Mandarin and English.

*The amount of this contract is undisclosed based on the contract with Caterpillar Inc.

Press release by Caterpillar Inc.

Headquartered in Kyoto, Japan, the HORIBA Group of worldwide companies provides an extensive array of instruments and systems for applications ranging from automotive R&D, process and environmental monitoring, in-vitro medical diagnostics, semiconductor manufacturing and metrology, to a broad range of scientific R&D and quality control measurements.

HORIBA Automotive Test Systems Business Segment
Part of the HORIBA Group, Automotive Test Systems has developed global leadership in exhaust gas analysis, MCT (mechatronics: powertrain research and development), and various certification test system fields. HORIBA is able to provide total solutions to its customers, with full turnkey capability for driveline, engine, powertrain and vehicle tests. HORIBA serves manufacturers and suppliers in every industry that utilizes internal combustion, turbine engines, including automotive, heavy-duty/off road, lawn and garden, marine, aerospace, locomotive and recreational and utility vehicles.