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WesTrac goes next level for DD&T 2023

A Cat excavator in WesTrac's demo area at DD&T 2022

WesTrac is bringing more of everything to the Sydney Dragway for this year’s Diesel Dirt & Turf Expo.

There will be a host of new equipment on display at WesTrac’s stand for the 2023 National Diesel Dirt & Turf Expo (DD&T), including something a bit removed from the expected yellow Cat® machines.

Alongside the extensive range of excavators, loaders, dozers, and paving equipment, the Cat-branded Ducati race bike of Australian Grand Prix motorcycle racer Jack Miller will be on show.

Miller, who rides for Red Bull KTM Factory Racing, used the bike in the 2022 ASBK MotoGP race in South Australia. Unlike the other equipment on display, the Ducati won’t be available for willing buyers to snap up, but given the popularity of the event last year, WesTrac expects a big number of visitors.

Bigger means better

After taking out the award for Best Stand at the 2022 event, WesTrac has upped the ante for 2023 with more Cat equipment on display, a new Cat Attachments stage, a larger selection of Cat merchandise to purchase, and a dig pit that will be used for demonstrations, allowing visitors to test drive one of the Cat Next Gen Mini Excavators or Skid Steer Loaders.

WesTrac will have more than $5 million worth of new construction equipment on display, including 10 different Next Gen excavators that range from the sub-2-tonne Cat 301.5 Mini Excavator right up to the large Next Gen 349 3D Excavator.

According to WesTrac Retail Construction Business Manager James Konz, the Cat Next Gen range is proving highly popular with construction industry operators.

“From sole operators using one of the smaller mini excavators to major contractors working on big infrastructure projects, the benefits of the Next Gen machines are proving their worth,” James says.

“The amount of technology that comes standard with these machines is industry leading, with across-the-board benefits including improved safety, productivity, and efficiency as a result.

“When you add on some of the optional extras, it can take that performance to a whole new level.”

Alongside the ever-popular excavator range, WesTrac will also showcase some of its Cat Skid Steer loaders, Wheel and Compact Track loaders, as well as a D5 Dozer and 730 Articulated Truck.

There will also be a range of paving equipment and a big display of the latest Cat attachments, which are key to increasing the versatility, productivity, and utility of Cat machines.

Some of these attachments will be showcased in live demonstrations, while WesTrac specialists will be on hand to talk to operators keen to understand the options available.

WesTrac's stand at DD&T 2022
WesTrac took out the award for Best Stand at DD&T 2022, and is upping the ante for 2023.

Careers in focus

WesTrac also aims to use the event to showcase career and training opportunities. Through its WesTrac Institute, the company offers a range of training options including apprenticeships and trade upgrades.

James says WesTrac offers a significant number and diverse range of career choices to people.

“With rapid advances in equipment technology, the sorts of roles are a far cry from the ‘grease monkey’ mechanical trades of days gone by,” he says.

“Caterpillar® is a world leader in automation and operator assist technologies and that brings with it a vast range of career opportunities. Heavy diesel mechanics today are very much technicians and technologists with a broad cross-section of in-demand skills.

“While our display is designed to showcase Cat equipment, its other purpose is to inspire you – and hopefully your children – to explore exciting career options and opportunities in the construction industry and at WesTrac.”

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