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90

YEARS

WHAT WE’VE

BUILT.

WHERE WE’RE

HEADED.

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WHERE WE

STARTED

The 21st century world you see today has been built with the help of Caterpillar machines and solutions. We’ve spent the past 90 years creating, building, problem solving, innovating, testing, servicing and improving. In the process, we’ve built a global leader.

1925

Holt Manufacturing Company and the C.L. Best Tractor Company merge to form Caterpillar, reflecting the movement of the company’s line of
track-type tractors.

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1925

First year sales were $13 million for a product line of 5 tractors.

A WORLD
IN CRISIS

Our formative years were spent growing in a global economy marked by depression and world war.

1929

About two months after “Black Tuesday,” which some say signaled the start of the Great Depression, Caterpillar Tractor Company stock became available for public trading
(NYSE: CAT).

1931

Our strong legacy of innovation begins with the introduction of our first diesel tractor.

1931

Our manufacturing headquarters move from California to Illinois and we change the standard paint color of our machines from gray to yellow.

1944

Cat® machines help start the construction of more than 70,000 miles of U.S. highways.

1946

Came out with our first bulldozer blade. This was the first time making our own attachments. After the war, with new global manufacturing, product line exploded.

GLOBAL
GROWTH

The post-war construction boom in Europe and Asia translated into rapid growth as Caterpillar expanded around the globe.

1950

We form our first overseas subsidiary – Caterpillar Tractor Co. Ltd. in England, the start of building plants outside the United States to be closer to customers.

1963

Caterpillar and Mitsubishi formed one of the first joint ventures in Japan to include U.S. ownership.

1970

Sales outside of the
United States are greater than those inside the U.S. for the first time.

1974

Setting forth the company’s beliefs to guide the organization in all aspects of its worldwide business activities, Caterpillar publishes a Worldwide Code of Conduct. Since then, the Code has been updated five times to reflect the company’s culture and the ever-changing business environment.

REINVENTION

Business cycles have always been a part of our story. Global recession in the early ‘80s and increased competition caused a sharp downturn in product demand that pushed us to the brink of bankruptcy.

1975

A contract for the sale of 38 medium-sized pipelayers launched China’s first oil pipeline and Caterpillar’s 40-year history in China.

1981

Caterpillar acquires Solar Turbines International from International Harvester.

1986

A $1.8 billion facility modernization program streamlines manufacturing processes and enhances profitability.

1990

Business units reorganize to become more accountable for results.

DIVERSIFICATION

Looking at how our customers can help meet the needs of a global population expected to top 9 billion by 2050, we execute a series of acquisitions to further diversify our products and solutions offering.

2001

Cat® engines with ACERT™ Technology were unveiled. The technology represents a series of evolutionary and incremental improvements developed by Caterpillar that dramatically reduced harmful pollutants and waste emissions while maintaining engine performance, efficiency and durability.

2006 to 2013

Acquisitions of Progress Rail, Electro-Motive Diesel, Walter Berg AB, Bucyrus, MWM, and Shandong SEM Machinery Co., Ltd.

2008 to 2012

Caterpillar introduces the Cat® D7E in 2008 with a first-of-its-kind electric drive system. Then in 2012, we unveiled the Cat® 336E H – the first machine to use a novel hydraulic hybrid technology developed by Caterpillar. In the same year, we introduced the Cat® 966K XE Wheel Loader – engineered to deliver superior efficiency by utilizing an integrated Cat continuously variable transmission system.

WHERE WE’RE

HEADED.

We’re investing in the future and, as we always have, facing challenges head on and delivering the products and services that will keep Caterpillar the industry leader tomorrow, as it is today.