Perkins Engines: Celebrating 90 Years of Innovation

Perkins Engines: Celebrating 90 Years of Innovation

It’s amazing how a company founded by two unemployed engineers has grown into one of the most recognizable automotive brands in the world. With a history dating back to 1932, Perkins is the world’s leading supplier of diesel and gas engines, offering the most complete range of innovative and reliable powertrain solutions precisely tailored to our customers’ needs.

Perkins generates power for hospitals, sports arenas, material handling, construction and industry. Wherever customers need reliable, efficient and affordable energy, they can turn to Perkins—and have been using it for 90 years.

Other engines have been adapted to the marine environment and now boat owners, pilots and fishermen around the world rely on Perkins performance.

Today’s combines, excavators, forestry equipment, wheel loaders and forklifts are just some of the Perkins-powered machines that were developed over decades from these first tractor engines.


In January 1998, Caterpillar Inc. acquired the assets of Perkins Limited, a diesel engine manufacturing subsidiary of LucasVariety plc. With the acquisition of Perkins Engines, Caterpillar has become the world’s leading manufacturer of off-highway diesel engines.

Perkins Engines Company Limited operates as a subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc. with factories and offices in Brazil, China, India, Japan, Singapore, UK and USA.

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