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26 June 2009 | PR 09/78

Caterpillar and Loughborough announce new research initiative

Gwenne Henricks, Caterpillar Vice President, Industrial Power Systems Division and Professor Shirley Pearce, Vice Chancellor

Gwenne Henricks, Caterpillar Vice President, Industrial Power Systems Division and Professor Shirley Pearce, Vice Chancellor

Loughborough University and Caterpillar UK Ltd have agreed to collaborate on research to investigate new technologies for future Cat products.

This will be the first such agreement in Europe and involves the creation of an Innovation and Research Centre at Loughborough University.

Gwenne Henricks, Caterpillar Vice President, Industrial Power Systems Division and Professor Shirley Pearce, Vice Chancellor and President of Loughborough University signed the agreements on 25 June to launch the new centre.

The agreement builds on a successful relationship, forged over many years, in which the Loughborough research teams have explored pioneering technologies under Caterpillar guidance.  Through this research, Loughborough has supplied technologies to improve engine and machine performance, exhaust emissions reductions as well as ever more fuel-efficient operation. 

Professor Pearce said: “This is an important next step in the development of our  relationship with Caterpillar - the world leader in its field.

“The work we have done with Caterpillar so far has been driven by many engineering challenges and has required a combination of the best academics, a history of achievement and the best of modern facilities. I am pleased we have managed to make such a positive contribution so far and am certain this will continue as our relationship develops.”

[Pic L-R Gwenne Henricks from Caterpillar with Vice Chancellor Shirley Pearce]

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Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry and unrivalled sporting achievement.

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2008 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top five universities in the UK, with 22 out of 30 of its subject areas being ranked in the top ten for overall satisfaction. It was named winner of the 2006, 2007 and 2008 Times Higher award for the UK’s Best Student Experience and winner of the 2007 award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes – an achievement bettered by no other institution.

It is a member of the esteemed 1994 Group – a set of internationally recognised, research-intensive universities – and has a reputation for the relevance of its work. Its degree programmes are highly regarded by professional institutions and businesses, and its graduates are consistently targeted by the UK’s top recruiters.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

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