Caterpillar (Cat), the world’s leading manufacturer of heavy construction and mining equipment, has unveiled a new generation of 20-tonne size class excavators, produced at the company’s Thiruvallur manufacturing plant in India.
The new Cat 320D3 and Cat 323D3 provide up to seven percent more hydraulic power, 15 percent less consumption and five percent lower maintenance cost than previous models.
The 320D3 is designed specifically with the growing consumer demand for low owning and operating costs in mind. In addition to consuming 15 percent less fuel than its predecessor (the 320D2), the 320D3 saves five percent in maintenance cost while significantly reducing owning and operating costs.
The 323D3, meanwhile, is built to handle the most demanding of projects with a reinforced, heavy-duty bucket and a robust operating system that is simple and easy to maintain.
In recent years, the Indian government has initiated a number of large-scale infrastructure projects, including the approval of an ambitious road construction plan to develop 83,000 km of highways by 2022, projected to cost $100 billion. Construction of national highways in India consequently hit an all-time high of about 10,000 km, or about 28 km a day, in the financial year ending March 2018.
Gurman Reen, Director, Sales & Marketing, Global Construction & Infrastructure Division, Caterpillar India, stated: “To cater to the demand of our customers for a more reliable and more powerful heavy-duty excavator equipped with state-of-the-art technology, higher productivity, lower fuel consumption and lower maintenance costs, we have launched these two Next Generation 20-ton size class excavators, Cat 320D3 and Cat 323D3 here today.”