In response Caterpillar has closed some its plants temporarily, furloughed thousands of salaried and management employees, and sacked 13,000 workers over the past year.
Caterpillar's chairman and CEO Doug Oberhelman told CNBC on Wednesday that 2013 has been a tough and painful year and he would be glad to see it over, but said the company was well positioned for a bounce back in the mining sector, which he believes will happen soon.
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"I've had numerous conversations with our big mining customers over the last couple of months. They are pretty bullish on mining production which at some point means more sales [for Caterpillar]," he added.
But the tone from analysts who talked to CNBC was markedly bearish.
Warren Gilman, Chairman & CEO at CEF Holdings, told CNBC Asia's Squawk Box that he expected more pain to come for Caterpillar and the mining industry as a whole over the next six to nine months.
"We're going to continue to see the fallout for the next six to nine months so it's no surprise that Caterpillar lowered guidance and I expect we'll see them lower guidance again six months from now," said Gilman.
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"We're at this point in the quarterly cycle where we hope earnings will justify the market... but what happened with Caterpillar yesterday was that all of a sudden they didn't justify anything, they took away some justification and people got worried," said David Blitzer, MD & Chairman of the S&P 500 Index Committee at the S&P Dow Jones Indices.
However, despite industry headwinds, the last two quarterly reports from Australia's two mining heavyweights have shown that conditions are starting to pick up.
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Last week, BHP Billiton reported a 23 percent on-year rise in iron ore production in the third quarter, while Rio Tinto reported strong growth in thermal coal and copper production in the quarter, up 14 percent and 23 percent respectively.
—By CNBC's Katie Holliday: Follow her on Twitter @hollidaykatie