Caterpillar has announced that it will begin producing a full line of large mining shovels.
Launching a series of investments totaling close to US$700 million over the next four years, the company is aiming to produce a full range of mining shovels from a 125 ton model through to an 800 ton model.
By early 2011, Cat will begin pilot production of the 125 ton class shovel.
Commercial shovels are expected to be produced later that year.
The larger size mining shovels are scheduled for be commercially available between 2013 through to 2014.
The shovels are designed to as a match with Cat’s existing range of mining trucks, from the 100 ton class 777F through to the 400 ton class 797F.
The shovels will be produced from the same facility as the company’s wheel loaders.
It is also increasing the range of electric drive mining trucks, planning to build pilot units of the 793F AC truck with a 249 ton payload, in early 2012.
Cat is planning to expand production of its mining trucks, doubling truck production out of Chennai, India.