Tractors Malaysia Celebrates 90 Years
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.
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.
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
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
1979 - (July)
Tractors Malaysia Berhad celebrated its 50th anniversary as a
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
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
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
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
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 &
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
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.