A regional training centre for Africa and the Middle East (AME) is to be built by Caterpillar in Dubai. The centre will offer hands-on machines and power systems technical and sales training to Caterpillar's dealers and customers in the AME region.
The 1700 m2 centre will employ about 40 people, mostly high-level technical staff who will primarily be recruited from the region. The centre received an investment of more than US$7 million. The 7000 technicians at AME Cat dealers have some of the most direct connections with Caterpillar customers as they service and maintain their equipment. The training they'll receive at the new centre in Dubai will help to enhance their skills and knowledge on both product and the latest product support technologies.
"Our training centre in Dubai is a key part of our plans for the Middle East and Africa and will ensure Caterpillar and our dealers can be relied upon for providing unsurpassed support to our customers. This is an important region for Caterpillar and we expect to see strong, continued growth for our customers, and we will grow to support that," commented Nigel Lewis, Vice President with responsibility for Caterpillar's EAME Distribution Division.
Caterpillar’s centre will also feature a laboratory for scheduled oil sampling analysis that will help assist critical customer required turnaround time of emergency samples and lower downtime of Caterpillar products in the region. The centre will be located at Caterpillar's Middle East parts distribution centre and regional sales and marketing office in Jebel Ali, Dubai.
The centre is expected to be operational in the last quarter of this year.
Edited by Joseph Green.
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