Perkins welcomes dignitaries to upgraded facility in Wimborne, Dorset, UK

Perkins welcomes dignitaries to upgraded facility in Wimborne, Dorset, UK

Perkins is pleased to announce the launch of its upgraded facilities in Wimborne, UK on April 7, 2017.

Perkins marine engines are manufactured at the Caterpillar Marine Power UK Ltd facility which has just completed a two-year major £5 million redevelopment with the construction of a new administration building, engine production hall and warehouse. Upgrades are inclusive of the first new production test cells, including best-in-class data capture standards and finally a new world-class paint facility. The investment demonstrates the strong support for Perkins marine engines and the facility by Caterpillar, which continues to support the delivery of quality products.

Christopher Chope MP for Christchurch and Ian Girling from the Dorset Chamber of Commerce joined Nigel Parkinson, General Manager Caterpillar Marine, Mark Dorsett, Caterpillar UK Country Manager and Andrew Goldspink, General Manager at Caterpillar Marine Power UK Ltd to commemorate the investment completion.

The facility was officially acquired by Caterpillar in 2000 and has since continued to expand into a major manufacturing facility producing Cat® generator sets less than 250 ekW, propulsion engines up to 500 mhp and Perkins engines for the marine market. The facility employs 114 people.

Upgraded facility in Wimborne
Christopher Chope MP for Christchurch opens upgraded facilities in Wimborne.

The engines manufactured in Wimborne have always carried a reputation for quality and outstanding service. It was a natural fit for the Energy and Transportation Division at Caterpillar to complement and expand their production facilities.
Andrew Goldspink, General Manager at Caterpillar Marine Power UK Ltd

Today, the facility’s employees manufacture and package a series of generator set packages and propulsion engines that are installed in marine applications worldwide.

Since the acquisition, the facility has evolved.  Much of the growth and expansion has taken place inside of the facility, as employees utilise the systematic approach driven by the Caterpillar Production System (CPS) to implement more efficiency into the production flow, matching the demand for the engine product.

The team at Wimborne knows the best is yet to come.  “We have a great line of sight to the future,” notes Andrew.  “Being a part of the Caterpillar legacy and reputation has been a large boost, for not only our sales, but also our people. It’s amazing knowing that the work we do in a facility in Dorset, UK will ultimately help customers anywhere from the Americas, Europe, Africa, and the Asia Pacific regions. We are truly a global operation. With 49 years under our belt, we are definitely looking forward to more!”