President of Caterpillar Global Paving, Mr. Jim McReynolds, visited Sri Lanka recently to witness UTE’s progress in the local paving market. He was accompanied by Mr. Harry Lee – Regional Manager Caterpillar Paving products and Mr. Yik Chong Song – Area Manager for paving products – Asia pacific region.
Mr. McReynolds is in charge of the Caterpillar Global paving products range that includes a wide range of products from Static Rollers, Asphalt Pavers to more complex milling machines. These are essential equipment in Road Construction anywhere in the world.
Mr. McReynolds is one of the senor most Caterpillar executive to visit Sri Lanka in recent times. He overlooks four Caterpillar factories located in France, China & Italy and several thousand Caterpillar staff members come under his purview.
Caterpillar entered the local paving products market by selling their first paving equipment back in 2007 and business has grown rapidly since. At the beginning UTE marketed only static and vibratory rollers, until 2012 when UTE progressed further by selling a number of Asphalt Pavers. These machines are among some of the most complex construction machinery currently used in the country.
It is evident that UTE customers rely heavily on the quality of Cat paving products to get their time critical jobs done. The dependability of products coupled with superior product support services offered by UTE, has resulted in soaring demand for Caterpillar paving products.
Heads of top private & public sector institutions in Sri Lanka had the opportunity to talk directly with Mr. McReynolds, when UTE organized a customer interaction session for its key customers. Mr. Priath Fernando – Chairman UTE and the UTE Senior Management were also present at this event. Mr. McReynold got a clear idea as to the market dynamics prevailing in Sri Lanka and as the key person overlooking the entire value chain from product designing to after sales support, this feedback was really appreciated by him.
During his stay Mr.McReyond also made time to visit some key customers of UTE at theri work sites.Commenting in his interaction, Mr McReyonds Praised the local contractors for their knowledge on the latest practices and technology in Road Construction Methods.
United Tractor & Equipment (Pvt) Ltd , has been the sole authorized dealer for Caterpillar in Sri Lanka since 1947. Now a diversified group with interests in construction & heavy machinery, power generation & distribution, material handling & storage, welding equipment & engineering services, UTE provides engineering solutions to an array of Sri Lankan industries.