Caterpillar finalizes deal for propulsion systems manufacturer

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Caterpillar Marine Power Systems completed the acquisition of Johan Walter Berg AB, enabling the company to offer complete propulsion systems to the commercial marine market.

Berg Propulsion, the company’s core brand, manufactures mechanically and electrically driven propulsion systems and marine controls for ships.

All Berg Propulsion products will be rebranded as Caterpillar. The new Cat Propulsion System for optimized bundles and propulsion packages includes controllable pitch propellers, transverse thrusters, azimuth thrusters, aftermarket parts and remote control systems. All Cat Propulsion System products are suited for the complete line of Cat and MaK medium- and high-speed engines.

“The strategic goal driving our business is to be able to provide Caterpillar Marine customers around the world with integrated propulsion systems that enable them to maximize the uptime of their vessels while minimizing operating costs,” Caterpillar Marine managing director Nigel Parkinson said in a statement.

“As a result of the successful Berg acquisition our customers can rely on Caterpillar and the Cat dealer network to provide the total package: a complete propulsion system that is supported globally.”

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