December 4, 2018

Celebrating 50 Years of manufacturing in Dorset

Wimborne, UK – The Caterpillar Marine Power UK Ltd. Wimborne facility celebrated 50 years of manufacturing in Dorset, UK last month, helping Caterpillar customers build a better world.

In April 2017, new upgraded facilities were opened at number 22 Cobham Road. A new administration building, engine production hall, warehouse, the first new production test cells, including the best-in-class data capture standards and a new world-class paint facility have all been built. Caterpillar Inc. has invested in the future of the Wimborne facility, enabling the facility to grow and to support the delivery of great products for Caterpillar customers worldwide.

“As a facility we are building on a tremendous history,” comments Andrew Goldspink, general manager at Caterpillar Marine Power UK Ltd. “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 October 1968, John Freeman founded Sabre Engines Ltd in Poole, Dorset and as a company they enjoyed early success in both local and international powerboat races. Victories included the 1972 London to Monte Carlo endurance race.

Sabre was so successful that in 1975 they moved to Cobham Road, Ferndown where they could increase their capacity. They occupied number 22, the very same site Caterpillar Marine Power UK Ltd occupies today.

In 1991 Sabre Engines Ltd first collaborated with Perkins Engine Company Limited, resulting in the Perkins Sabre engine.

The Perkins Engine Company was purchased by Caterpillar Inc. in 1997, and three years later Sabre Engines Ltd was also acquired. Perkins Sabre engines were then marketed through Perkins, under their marine division based in the Wimborne facility. The core engines would now be purchased from the company headquarters in Peterborough, and then made suitable for marine use at the Wimborne facility. Perkins marine engines were sold and supported globally via a network of approved Perkins Distributors, managed from Wimborne.

The same entity that first established themselves back in 1968 is now part of Caterpillar’s marine business. The Wimborne facility designs, manufactures and sells marine propulsion engines (400 – 1000 hp), marine auxiliary diesel engines and marine diesel electrical generators from 5 kWe to 165 kWe, exclusively for marine applications under the Cat® and Perkins Marine® brands.

The facility has a dedicated sales support and customer services team, which support the marine global distribution networks and their customers for the entire product range manufactured at Wimborne. The Wimborne products are used in oceangoing (cruise and cargo), high performance (pleasure craft, government and fast ferry) and workboat (offshore, tug and salvage, passenger, inland waterways, fishing and dredging) applications.

Caterpillar Marine, Press