(HOUSTON) — Caterpillar has recently announced a new industry development team, organized to focus on the key segments of the overall marine business, and appointed Alex Berg as new global head of pleasure craft and yachting.
Berg brings more than 20 years of international and cross-functional experience in the yachting industry to the new role. He served as director OEM and integration for a global marine electronics supplier and earlier headed the entire product, development and innovation activities of a major German boatbuilder.
In his new capacity, he will be responsible for orchestrating Caterpillar’s global pleasure craft and yachting activities and help strengthen closer customer relationships while providing deeper yachting segment expertise to Caterpillar Marine.
“As the yachting segment continues to transform, we must deliver a premium end-to-end customer experience across all stakeholders, from early design stage to customer service. In addition to core products, this includes the seamless integration of our products into the wider technical ecosystem onboard, data-based remote service offerings, and supporting our clients in achieving environmental sustainability goals,” said Berg.
Like other sectors, the marine industry has entered a new phase and business environment, that is influenced by changing customer demands, climate change and new technology trends.
“Combining Caterpillar’s more than 80 years of marine experience with a new future-proof approach and a refreshed product range shows our full commitment to our pleasure craft and yachting customers, the upcoming trends, and future challenge in this segment,” said Derrick York, general manager of Caterpillar Marine.
Recently, Caterpillar Marine announced new opportunities for the segment, including a renewed focus on customer capabilities achieved through services, technology, and new products such as the Cat C32B product line. Ideal for yachting and sportfishing applications, the C32B engine platform provides an increased power density ranging from 2.025 to 2.433 mhp. These state-of-the-art engines are available with an enhanced upgrade to the established Cat Concierge service for premium, 24/7 global remote support.
– Caterpillar Marine