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Caterpillar forest products to expand Prentice self-loader line through collaboration with Epsilon
Collaboration to provide more options to recycling markets
August 13, 2012 - In the spring of 2012 Caterpillar Forest Products entered into a marketing agreement with Palfinger Inc. to distribute the company's line of knuckleboom self-loaders produced by Epsilon Kran GmbH, part of the Palfinger Group, under the brand name Prentice/Epsilon. Initially, the line will include multiple models and will be marketed through select distributors experienced with truck-mounted loaders.
“This collaboration allows us to extend our Prentice product offering in North America and provide more self-loader options for recycling and waste handling,” said John Carpenter, president of Caterpillar Forest Products. “The Prentice brand has always represented reliability, durability and quality. Palfinger’s Epsilon brand lives up to those same attributes, so it is fitting that we co-brand the line.”
Palfinger Group is a leading international manufacturer of hydraulic lifting, loading and handling solutions. The company, which was founded in 1932 and is headquartered in Salzburg, Austria, is one of the worldwide market leaders in truck-mounted knuckleboom cranes serving many industries, including forestry, agriculture, construction and recycling.
“Caterpillar is well known for their commitment to customers and their unmatched dealer network. We are happy to join forces with the forestry division to expand our market in North America,” said Mark Woody, president of Palfinger North America Group. “Marrying the Prentice and Epsilon brands for a line of self-loaders symbolizes the superior quality of the products.”
Distributors for the Prentice/Epsilon line will be selected based on their technical knowledge of self-loaders and their experience with mounting them. A typical distributor would represent a truck manufacturer, have facilities for mounting loaders and stocking parts and have a dedicated loader sales staff.
The Prentice/Epsilon self-loader line features two types: the Z-boom, which folds up to save space on the trailer, and the L-boom, a standard boom. Various lift capacities and operational speeds are available within each type. The Prentice 2124 self-loader is also still available. It has a standard 22 ft. (6.7 m) boom and 2,962 lb. (1,344 kg) lift capacity at full reach.
The marketing agreement for self-loaders is the second collaboration between Epsilon and Caterpillar Forest Products. Epsilon also produces the loader for the 20-ton Cat 584HD forwarder and will continue to supply loaders for other Cat cut-to-length equipment.
New Website launched
The PALFINGER North America Group (PNAG) consisting of PALFINGER North America, Interlift Inc, Omaha Standard PALFINGER, and PALFINGER American Roll-Off, recently announced the launch of its new website - www.palfinger.com. PNAG is a market leader in the manufacturing of truck mounted material handling and service equipment.
The new website offers a contemporary look allowing visitors to gain a comprehensive understanding of all PNAG products. Palfinger says having a user-friendly and information rich website with content that is timely and relevant supports the company's commitment to itscustomers, dealers/distributors and employees.
"The new PALFINGER site offers our customers a great experience when it comes to learning more about our products" said Mark Woody - Area Manager of the PALFINGER North America Group. "We have taken extensive steps to making our products more accessible to all of our customers and we're proud to offer them a vast amount of resources through our redesigned website".
The website is a true resource for PALFINGER customers, offering extensive product information downloads, technical data, media, and company information.
"The launch of our new website gives us a great platform to showcase our corporate story in a way that is authentic and engaging; allowing us to reach beyond the core manufacturing sector in our pursuit of future talent," says Michael Berger, Area Manager of the PALFINGER North America Group.
"We believe the diversity of information and the accessibility of the site will provide an enhanced environment to educate job applicants on the opportunities available within the PALFINGER North America Group and what it means to be part of the PALFINGER family."
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