Caterpillar Update on Impact of Crisis in Japan

Company continues to support employees in Japan while focusing global resources on supply chain impacts in Japan

Mar 18, 2011, 10:00 ET from Caterpillar Inc.

PEORIA, Ill., March 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Over the last week, Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) and Caterpillar Japan Limited have actively monitored the on-going developments in Japan following the devastating earthquake and tsunami.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the people in Japan who have been impacted by this disaster.  The company is providing assistance for all employees living and working in Japan.  

Caterpillar's facilities in Tokyo, Akashi and Sagami were not damaged by the earthquake, and are outside of the current area the Japanese government has declared as a mandatory evacuation zone.  Both the Sagami and Akashi facilities have continued to operate and produce product, although the current situation in Japan is having some impact on production, which has varied day to day over the last week.  

To date, the disruption to the supply chain in Japan has not stopped production at other Caterpillar facilities around the world; although moving forward, it is possible those facilities may be sporadically impacted as a result of the situation in Japan.

Caterpillar is focusing resources from around the world to determine the full scope and impact to the company's supply chain.  We are also actively developing alternative sources for components produced by Japanese-based suppliers, should some suppliers not be able to provide components to Caterpillar operations inside and outside of Japan.  

The Caterpillar Foundation has announced a $1 million grant to the American Red Cross for disaster relief efforts in Japan. In addition to the American Red Cross grant, the Foundation will match up to $500,000 in Caterpillar employee, retiree and dealer employee contributions to the Red Cross. Caterpillar Japan Limited has pledged an additional $1 million to support disaster relief efforts, primarily made up of in-kind equipment. At this time, Caterpillar Japan Limited is offering the use of machinery and generator sets to governmental agencies in Japan to assist in the recovery efforts.

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