Tractors Malaysia Celebrates 90 Years Anniversary

Tractors Malaysia Caterpillar dealership, under Sime Darby Industrial Sdn Bhd, has crossed another important milestones in its long and rich history. Not many companies can proudly showcase the longevity and accomplishments that we have achieved. We are recognise as the oldest Caterpillar Dealership in Asia, which is an historical achievement in itself.

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Historical Milestones of Tractors Malaysia

The journey started 90 years ago, in 1929, when Sime Darby acquired Sarawak Trading Company which held the franchise for Caterpillar equipment. Back then, Sime Darby was still a young business entity established 19 years earlier in Malacca to manage 500 acres of plantation. The Caterpillar franchise gave the company an opportunity to venture into heavy equipment business. At the time, the company brought in equipment mainly to provide support and service in oil exploration activities. The development of the logging industry, however, saw Caterpillar equipment being used for opening trails making, log skidding, loading and stacking, and power generation in the timber camps.

Post World War 2 saw an increased utilization of heavy equipment in various industries as part of the global paradigm change towards modernization and mechanization of labor force. And to tab into the potential growth, Tractors & Heavy Equipment Division was established by Sime Darby in 1950 to focus on sales and services of heavy equipment needs while diversifying its business. Within 7 years, Tractors & Heavy Equipment Division manage to expand its Cat dealership business to Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei and Christmas Island. It was a breakthrough that established Tractors Malaysia as one the premier heavy equipment distributor in Malaysia and Brunei today.

Today, Tractors Malaysia Caterpillar dealership under Sime Darby Industrial Sdn Bhd forms part of the Sime Darby Industrial Division, a core division of Sime Darby Group. Sime Darby Industrial covers the Asia Pacific region with heavy equipment operations in Australia, Brunei, China, Christmas Island, Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Vietnam and Thailand.

In Malaysia, Tractors Malaysia offers a comprehensive list of heavy equipment and services, ranging from the sales of new machines, engines and used equipment to after sales support and rental equipment through its chain of Cat Rental Stores nationwide. Tractors Malaysia currently operates through a nationwide network of 23 branches, 6 depots and 7 Cat Rental Stores.

Looking back through the history today, Caterpillar Inc., was just 4 years older than Tractors Malaysia when it was established in 1925 with the merger of The Holt Manufacturing Company and C L Best Tractor Co. This makes Tractors Malaysia Caterpillar dealership as one of the oldest Cat dealer in Asia.

Sime Darby Industrial Sdn Bhd Milestones:

1929 - Sime Darby acquired Sarawak Trading Company which held the franchise for Caterpillar equipment, and was later renamed Tractors Malaysia.

1950 - Tractors & Heavy Equipment Division was established in Sime Darby Berhad.

1957 - The Tractors dealerships were extended to Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei and Christmas Island.

1964 - Tractors Malaysia was incorporated as a wholly owned subsidiary of Sime Darby in Singapore.

1965 - On 21 December, Incorporation of Tractors Malaysia Holding Berhad.

1968 - Tractors Malaysia’s head office moved to Kuala Lumpur and is listed on the stock exchange.

1979 - (July) Tractors Malaysia Berhad celebrated its 50th anniversary as a Caterpillar dealer.

1984 - (May) Tractors Malaysia began its manufacturing and assembly operations.

1987 - (December) Tractors Malaysia acquired AMIM Holdings Sdn. Bhd., Ford Concessionaires Sdn. Bhd., Auto Bavaria Sdn. Bhd. and Land Rover (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. from Pernas Sime Darby Holdings Sdn. Bhd.

1991 - (March) Tractors Malaysia was awarded the ‘World Executive Digest’s Management Award 1990 for financial management.

1992 - (December) Tractors Malaysia and Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd signed an agreement for exclusive distributorship of Kawasaki industrial gas turbines in Malaysia and Brunei.

1993 - (October) Tractors Malaysia and Shinko Electric Co. Ltd of Japan signed an agreement for the exclusive distributorship of Shinko electric powered forklifts and reach trucks in Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei.

1994 - (April 25) Tractors Manufacturing & Assembly Sdn Bhd was awarded the MS ISO 9002 : 1991 Quality Systems certificate by SIRIM for quality assurance in production and installation.

1996 - (March 18) Tractors Malaysia became the first private sector company in Malaysia to obtain approval from City & Guilds of London Institute (C & G), UK and the Ministry of Education to conduct two C & G Professional Examination relevant to heavy equipment and motor vehicles industries in Malaysia.

1997 - (July 1) Tractors Malaysia launched its Equipment Rental Division to capitalize on equipment rental opportunities.

1998 - (January 5) Tractors Malaysia’s Power Systems Division launched its Rental Power business, offering generator sets to meet customers’ short-term power supply needs.

1998 - (February 2) Tractors Rebuild Sdn Bhd commenced business to provide heavy equipment refurbishment services at its 11 rebuild centres throughout Malaysia.

1998 - (November 11) Caterpillar Financial Services Malaysia, a joint venture between Tractors Malaysia and Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation was set up to offer hire purchase and leasing products for heavy equipment sector.

1998 - (December 16) Tractors Malaysia moved into its wholly-owned premises in Puchong, Selangor, Malaysia. The 35-acre site named Tractors Engineering Complex houses the corporate head office, various businesses, workshops and storage yards.

1999 - (March 5) Tractors Malaysia was appointed sole distributor of Caterpillar and Mitsubishi forklift trucks in Malaysia.

1999 - (December 4) Tractors Malaysia celebrated its 70th anniversary with Caterpillar with a ‘Customer Day’ for customers and business associates at its new Tractors Engineering Complex headquarters in Puchong, Selangor, Malaysia.

2000 - (May 15) Tractors Malaysia Berhad was awarded the “Anugerah Belia Negara” in the Private Sector category for its Technical Trainee Development Programme which helps develop Malaysian youth and provide them with ‘On-The-Job’ training.

2001 - (November 26) Tractors Malaysia opened its first Cat Rental Store at Jalan 205, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, which kick started a chain of rental stores openings across its dealership. Rental of machines on short-term and long- term basis enable customers to concentrate on their investment projects and not in equipment.

2002 - (January 7) The first batch of 56 trainees began their training at Tractors Malaysia’s Training & Development Centre which was approved by the Selangor Education Department, Ministry of Education to accept both SPM and Form 5 school leavers, for training as technicians. Tractors Malaysia’s Skills Development Courses follow the academic and practical modules outlined by the National Occupational Skill Standard (NOSS) and the Majlis Latihan Vokasional Kebangsaan (MLVK) under the Ministry of Human Resources. Upon successful completion, the trainees received a Malaysian Trade Certification from the Majlis Kebangsaan and a Certificate of Achievement from Tractors Malaysia.

2002 - (August 22) Tractors Malaysia launched the Beaver, a locally designed and built, environmentally friendly mulching machine capable of shredding felled palm trees into pulp, to assist the plantation sector in its replanting challenges. Developed after several years of research, the Beaver can be used for rapid large-scale clearing of trees for replanting purposes.

2003 - (March 13) The official roll-out of the first Malaysian packaged and tested Kawasaki Gas Turbine by Tractors Malaysia at its Engineering Complex in Puchong marked a milestones in the company’s history as it makes a strategic move to diversify into the co-generation turbine business.

2003 - (December 19) Tractors Malaysia was one of the 19 companies honoured by WWF Malaysia for having made a significant contributions to environmental protection and nature conservation in Malaysia in the year 2003.

2005 - (May 31) Tractors Malaysia’s training arm, Tractors Malaysia Training & Development Centre (TMTDC), received The Institute of Motor Industry (IMI), (UK)’s Approved Assessment Centre Certification from His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent, the IMI’s patron. With the certificate, TMTDC is authorized to award professional qualification to students whom completed their motor vehicle training programmes.

2005 – (December) Tractors Malaysia and Terberg Benschop B.V of Holland formed a joint venture company, Terberg Tractors Malaysia Sdn Bhd, to manufacture and market Terberg terminal tractors to over 46 countries in Asia Pacific region.

2006 - Tractors Malaysia was delisted from Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad. (Restructuring exercise within the Sime Darby resulted in the consolidation and streamlining of its businesses under the group through privatization)

2008 - On 2 January, Tractors Malaysia was renamed as Sime Darby Industrial Sdn. Bhd.

2012 – (17 October) Sime Darby Industrial Sdn Bhd officially unveiled the SEM Brand of Shandong Equipment Malaysia Sdn Bhd and launched SEM Brand Wheel Loaders to Malaysian market at Tractors Malaysia Ipoh Branch.

2012 - (5 December) Tractors Malaysia organised Construction & Infrastructure Equipment Exhibition (CIEX) 2012, the largest Caterpillar heavy equipment exhibition in Malaysia, showcasing the latest Cat equipment, products, services and technology at Tractors Engineering Complex, Puchong, Selangor.Tractors Malaysia also launched Caterpillar 773E Off-Highway Truck and 740B Articulated Dump Truck at CIEX 2012.

2013 – (1 March) Sime Darby Industrial Sdn Bhd, under its Tractors Malaysia dealership, launched PIXCR (Pink Xcavator for Cancer Research) a Caterpillar 320D Hydraulic Excavator painted in pink in an effort to raise RM 100,000 for Cancer Research Initiative Foundation (CARIF). PIXCR made its rounds among rental customers to promote cancer awareness with proceeds donated to CARIF.

2013 – (1 July) Restructuring of Allied Brands business portfolio under Sime Darby Industrial Sdn Bhd resulted in Sime Darby Joy Industries Sdn Bhd (SD Joy) and Technical Services Division (TSD) transferred to Energy & Utilities division (one of the five core divisions of Sime Darby Group), under its Non-China operations. The strategic move placed both these entities together to serve in same industry under Engineering Services group of E & U.

2014 – (20 March) Tractors Malaysia’s Service Department officially launched the Equipment Management Solutions (EMSolutions) at its new relocated operational site at Ground Floor of Corporate Building, Tractors Engineering Complex, Puchong,

2015 – (20 January) Tractors Malaysia was awarded the Top Dealer at the inaugural Going the Extra Mile (GEM) Intra-Dealer Awards. GEM is a Caterpillar initiative that recognizes and rewards dealer branches which achieved excellence in Product Support Customer Experience.

2015 – (9 October) Sime Darby Industrial (SDI) Malaysia officially launched the new ERP system, Microsoft AX Dynamics, as part of Industrial Division’s Business Transformation Programme (BTP) to improve, grow and deliver superior customer service. BTP is a people, process, and technology change program to transform the way staff work across SDI.

2016 – (1 July) Merger process between Sime Darby Industrial Division with Sime Darby Energy & Utilities (Non-China) Division Operations resulted in Malaysian companies under Non-China operations transferred to Sime Darby Industrial Sdn Bhd. These companies includes Mecomb Group of Companies, Sime Darby Offshore Engineering Sdn Bhd, Sime Darby Joy Industries Sdn Bhd and Technical Service Division.

2016 – (16 August) Sime Darby Industrial Sdn Bhd under its Tractors Malaysia dealership hosted the first Dealer Digital Summit by a Cat dealership worldwide with Cat dealer participations from North Asia, South Asia, South East Asia and Japan.

2017 - Tractors Malaysia Caterpillar dealership under Sime Darby Industrial Sdn Bhd celebrates its 90th anniversary as a Caterpillar dealer. This makes Tractors Malaysia Caterpillar dealership as one of the oldest Cat dealer in Asia.