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Caterpillar to Form Venture to Build Transmissions

Fri April 15, 2011 - National Edition

NEW YORK (AP) Caterpillar Inc. said April 8 it agreed to form a joint venture with a Chinese transmission manufacturer that will build drivetrain systems and other components for Caterpillar machinery and produce a line of automatic transmissions for highway travel.

Caterpillar, which is looking to expand its range of products in China, would be a 45 percent stakeholder in the joint venture. Transmission maker Fast Gear would have 51 percent, and Shaanxi Fast Auto Drive Group Co. Ltd. would hold a 4 percent stake.

Caterpillar currently has nearly 8,000 employees across China.

The joint venture proposal requires regulatory approvals in China.