Construction infrastructure around the world

Construction infrastructure around the world

For nearly 100 years, Caterpillar has helped build the infrastructure that powers the world. We are now helping our clients create a more sustainable future through groundbreaking projects around the world.

When US President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Federal Highway Assistance Act in 1956, launching the largest public works project in world history.

The bill created the Interstate Highway System, a 42,800-mile project estimated at $130 billion and six times the original investment in economic productivity. After all, it was a project that changed cities and communities in almost every corner of America. And, like many large infrastructure projects underway today, contractors have relied on Cat® equipment to get the job done.

Today, large investments in infrastructure are needed. By 2040, it is estimated that US$45 trillion to US$55 trillion will be allocated globally for residential infrastructure1, US$20 trillion to US$25 trillion for non-residential buildings, and US$5 trillion for new energy infrastructure worldwide. As in the past, Caterpillar machines are used in some of the world’s most advanced infrastructure projects to improve resilience and create more equitable forms of economic growth.

In the United States, we are preparing to support our clients in a number of projects made possible by the bilateral Infrastructure Investment and Employment Act. Caterpillar proudly supported the bill, which includes $550 billion in new funding to upgrade state highways, bridges, airports and ports; Ensure climate resilience in new infrastructure projects; and expand and improve the country’s transportation and energy systems. We look forward to helping Cat dealers and customers complete these projects that will make America’s infrastructure more competitive.

Outside the US, Cat dealers provide customers with equipment and services to help build the infrastructure that makes communities around the world more resilient, connected and resilient. Here is a selection of projects:


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In Malaysia, approximately 200 Cat machines are used in major infrastructure projects that benefit millions of people across the country. These projects are catalysts for social and economic development: they create roads and railways that improve rural residents’ access to healthcare, education and employment. It will also improve speed, security, and access to ports and airports, reshaping domestic trade and expanding export opportunities.

One of these projects, the 665 km East Coast Railway Line, will connect Malaysia’s east to the country’s west. The $12 billion project is expected to be completed by 2027 with the purchase of over 50 Cat hydraulic shovels. Also under construction is the Pan-Borneo Highway, which will connect the Malaysian states of Sarawak and Sabah with Brunei. In the first phase, workers used at least 70 Cat machines to lay approximately 800 km of pavement. In phase two, they will build another 1,000 km with over 80 Cat machines.


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In partnership with Cat dealers, Caterpillar is helping build the Delhi-Mumbai Expressway, which will connect the nation’s capital, Delhi, to India’s commercial capital, Mumbai. The project will create the longest highway in the country with a length of 1,350 km and cut travel time in half. These time savings are expected to result in annual fuel savings of 320 million liters and a reduction in CO2 emissions equivalent to the planting of 40 million new trees. The project is also the first in Asia and the second highway in the world to have animal crossings in areas rich in wildlife.

Scheduled to open in 2023, Cat dealers will help support the project with a variety of service offerings including Cat financial products, long-term customer contracts, equipment and parts rentals, and field support engineers for more than 100 highway construction machines.


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The experience and support of the Cat global dealer network has been instrumental in selling more than 200 machines including bulldozers, tractor trailers, wheel loaders, excavators, graders and soil compactors to New Manila International Airport (NMIA). NMIA is valued at $15 billion and is part of Build! Build! Build! A program of more than 100 high-impact infrastructure projects aimed at sustainable inclusive economic growth.

In addition to creating jobs, the airport, due to open in 2025, will ease congestion at Ninoy Aquino International Airport, serving up to 100 million passengers annually. To meet the customer’s requirements, this complex project required close intercontinental collaboration between European and local Cat, Pon and Monark dealers. Dealers have worked together to provide the best solution through deep technical knowledge, specially configured machines and service offerings.


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More than 1,000 Cat machines, including excavators, bulldozers, graders and rollers, have been deployed across the UK to build the new high-performance, low-carbon railway. HS2 includes 330 miles of trains capable of speeds up to 250 mph and will serve as the backbone of the UK transport network. Over 20,000 new jobs2 have already been created in the first phase of the project, with thousands of new jobs and businesses supported through the wider project supply chain.

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