Case Study: Caterpillar Inc.

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Leading Motor Grader Manufacturers Since the invention of the first self-propelled grader in 1919, there have been a few companies that have dominated the motor grader market, including Caterpillar, Komatsu, John Deere and Champion. Caterpillar Caterpillar Inc. is an American corporation that designs, manufactures, markets and sells machinery and engines. Caterpillar is world-renowned for its construction vehicles, and is currently the world's leading motor grader manufacturer. Caterpillar Inc, was formed in 1925 as the result of a merger between the Holt Manufacturing Company and C. L. Best Tractor Company. A year later, the Russell Grader Manufacturing Company – the company responsible for the creation of the first motorised grader in…show more content…
Today the company has factories across the world and distributes its products in more than 160 countries, upholding its reputation for superior product technology and a high quality standards. Deere and Company began in 1837, when blacksmith John Deere moved to Illinois to escape bankruptcy. Renowned for his inventiveness and craftsmanship, Deere produced and sold agricultural equipment, including steel ploughs. By 1853, the company's factory produced a variety of farm equipment, including wagons, corn-planters and cultivators. In 1918 Deere and Company expanded its product line to include tractors, and by the late 1920s was producing combine harvesters. Throughout the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, the company focused on product development, creating its Model "A" and Model "B" tractors – the most popular tractors in the company's history. The company also released its first diesel-powered tractor during this…show more content…
The company has continued to produce motor graders and tractors, expanding its range and its market. Champion Since its humble beginnings in 1875, Champion Road Machinery Ltd. has gained an international reputation for performance and reliability. The company has produced ten series of motor graders since 1975, and is credited with the production of the first reliable hydraulic tractor. The Pennock family firm became involved in the manufacture of road building equipment in 1875, and went on to produce the first four-wheeled road-scraper – The American Champion – in 1877 . A little over a decade later, the Champion Winner series was released, and the Pennocks continued to manufacture horse-powered graders until the 1920s. Following in the footsteps of the Russell Grader Manufacturing Company – who produced the first motorised grader – Champion began manufacturing motor graders in 1928. The company went on to produce its first fully-hydraulic model in 1936 – the first hydraulic tractor that performed reliably – and continued to improve the design and functionality of their graders over the next few
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