Perkins Engines: Celebrating 90 Years of Innovation

ByForest Machine Magazine

12th August 2022
Perkins Engines: Assembly line in the original Queen Street factory

Perkins Engines: Celebrating 90 Years of Innovation

It’s nothing short of amazing that a company founded by two out-of-work engineers has become one of the world’s most recognizable engine brands. With a history stretching back to 1932, Perkins is a world-leading provider of diesel and gas engines, providing the most comprehensive range of innovative and reliable power solutions tailored to meet the precise requirements of our customers. 

Perkins produces power for hospitals, sports arenas, material handling, construction, and industry. Wherever customers need reliable, efficient and cost-effective power, they can turn to Perkins – as they have for 90 years.

Other engines have been adapted to a marine environment, and now powerboat owners, pilot boat skippers and fishermen worldwide put their faith in Perkins power.

Today, harvesters, excavators, forest machines, wheel loaders and forklift trucks are just a few machines powered by a Perkins engine – all developed over the decades from those early tractor engines.


In January 1998, Caterpillar Inc. acquired the assets of Perkins Limited, the diesel engine subsidiary of LucasVarity plc. With the acquisition of Perkins Engines, Caterpillar became the world leader in the manufacture of off-highway diesel engines.

Perkins Engines Company Limited operates as a subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc. and has facilities and offices in Brazil, China, India, Japan, Singapore, United Kingdom and the United States. 

Learn more about Perkins and their remarkable 90-year history.


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