Caterpillar celebrates 50 years in Dorset

Caterpillar Marine Power celebrates 50 years of manufacturing in Wimborne, Dorset Photo: Caterpillar Caterpillar Marine Power celebrates 50 years of manufacturing in Wimborne, Dorset Photo: Caterpillar

Caterpillar's Wimborne facility has celebrated 50 years' of manufacturing.

“As a facility we are building on a tremendous history,” said Andrew Goldspink, Caterpillar Marine Power general manager.

“We have a growing team here in Wimborne and we are supported globally by the Caterpillar and Perkins brands. I am excited about what the future holds.”

In 1968, John Freeman founded Sabre Engines in Poole, competing in both local and international powerboat races. Victories included the 1972 London to Monte Carlo endurance race.

The need for larger premises brought a 1975 move to Cobham Road, Ferndown, where the company took over number 22, the same site Caterpillar Marine Power occupies today.

In 1991 Sabre Engines first collaborated with Perkins Engine Company, a company that was purchased by Caterpillar in 1997. Three years later Sabre Engines was also acquired and is now part of Caterpillar’s marine business.

Cobham Road was upgraded in April 2017 with the opening of a new administration building, engine production hall, warehouse, production test cells and a paint facility.

The Wimborne facility designs, manufactures and sells marine propulsion engines of 400 – 1000hp, marine auxiliary diesel engines and marine diesel electrical generators from 5kWe to 165kWe.

Products are used in oceangoing cruise and cargo vessels, workboat applications and high performance areas such as pleasure craft, government and fast ferries.

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