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CUMMINS DARLINGTON REACHES MAJOR MILESTONE
14 September 2011
Darlington, UK (September 14, 2011) -
Cummins factory in Darlington celebrated the production of its one millionth Mid-Range engine today. Plant Manager Mike McCabe said, “This is a significant milestone for the plant. It took 22 years to get to 750,000 engines but only another 4 to reach 1 million. Our employees should be proud of this achievement given the challenging economic conditions that we have faced over the last few years. This is as much a recognition of their efforts in improving productivity and quality to remain competitive in difficult circumstances, as well as the actual number of engines produced.”
The factory originally opened in 1965 as a joint venture with Chrysler, building the Small Vee family of V6 and V8 engines. In the mid-1980’s Cummins switched production to the new B Series Mid-Range engine with a factory upgrade costing £13.5 million. This represented a significant new investment beyond the company’s traditional heavy duty truck engine business. The engine was developed with a flexible design making it suitable for a wide variety of applications including, truck, bus, material handling, construction, agriculture, marine, military and power generation. Originally available in a 6 cylinder 5.9 litre and 4 cylinder 3.9 litre configurations it enabled Cummins to forge partnerships with major equipment manufacturers, many of which continue today.
In 1989, its larger brother, the C Series 8.3 litre Mid-Range engine was added to the range. This was targeted to the same types of application where a higher power and torque were required.
“Cummins continued investment in engineering development and engine technologies has kept the Mid-Range engines at the top of their class. Since introduction, they have had major design improvements incorporated to meet the ever increasing demands of Cummins customers as well as the stringent global emissions requirements,” continued McCabe.
“Our Darlington made engines have built a strong reputation for reliability and durability in a wide range of uses around the world. This gives our customers the confidence to continue selecting Cummins,” he concluded.
The 1 millionth engine celebrations will continue for over a week. The actual engine will be saved and displayed in the plant for all staff and visitors to see. Local schools have been invited to design a plaque to accompany the permanent display, and this will be added at a later date. All employees will receive a free lunch and a branded fleece jacket in recognition of the achievement. Senior company executives from the USA will also visit the factory to mark the event.
About Cummins Inc.
Cummins Inc., a global power leader, is a corporation of complementary business units that design, manufacture, distribute and service engines and related technologies, including fuel systems, controls, air handling, filtration, emission solutions and electrical power generation systems. Headquartered in Columbus, Indiana (USA), Cummins employs approximately 40,000 people worldwide and serves customers in approximately 190 countries and territories through a network of more than 600 company-owned and independent distributor locations and approximately 6,000 dealer locations. Cummins earned $1.0 billion on sales of $13.2 billion in 2010. Cummins Darlington employs 800 people and produced 47,000 engines in 2010 for customers in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia. Press releases can be found on the web at cumminsengines.com. Follow Cummins on Twitter at
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