According to Caterpillar the facility will allow for better service to the markets in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.
AFSI, a joint venture of Donaldson and Caterpillar established in 1986, manufactures filters exclusively for Caterpillar and Perkins. In addition to the newly-opened Czech facility it has a production plant in the city of Champaign, Illinois, USA.
"A decision to establish a European branch came in 2007 as the plant in Champaign was reaching its maximum capacity." explains Stephane Latini, marketing consultant at Caterpillar.