COLUMBUS, Ind. (August 23, 2007) - Cummins Inc. (NYSE:CMI) and the Automotive Systems Division of the international automotive supplier Continental AG today announced that Continental has produced and delivered more than three million Electronic Control Modules (ECMs) to Cummins. This milestone was achieved during the first quarter of 2007 and confirmed during a recent review of the companies' year-to-date operations. Continental is the primary supplier of ECMs to Cummins.
Used to control a variety of engine functions, these electronic modules are instrumental in allowing vehicle manufacturers and industrial users of diesel engines to meet stringent emissions requirements and conserve fuel. ECMs also make it possible for Cummins electronic diagnostic products to read engine data quickly and conveniently.
In the nearly three decades that these ECMs have been fitted to Cummins engines, the functionality of the modules has evolved to become the nerve center of the entire engine. In fact, the microprocessor core contained in the ECM approaches the processing capability of a personal computer. Historically, the primary function of the ECM was to aid the fuel injection process; today the ECM serves multiple purposes such as controlling the entire fuel system, air handling, and aftertreatment functionality as well as recording fault codes. As the ECM has advanced technologically, it has decreased in physical size and its larger memory capacity has greatly increased processing speeds.
"We owe a debt of thanks to our customers for leading the growth of our engine production in America, said Christine Vujovich, Vice President, Marketing and Environmental Policy for Cummins. "This customer loyalty is recognition that top suppliers such as Continental and its highly skilled workforce produce products of the highest quality, reliability and value - all of which are critical as we continue to raise the bar with engines that are highly integrated, durable, fuel-efficient and environmentally sound."
"Our team is excited to surpass the three million threshold," said Tom Tischhauser, Vice President, Powertrain and Chassis for Continental Automotive Systems. "This milestone is based upon the achievement of the associates in our plants who challenge themselves every day to meet the high expectations of our customers."
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 serves customers in more than 160 countries through its network of 550 company-owned and independent distributor facilities and more than 5,000 dealer locations. Cummins reported net income of $715 million on sales of $11.4 billion in 2006.
The Continental Corporation is a leading automotive supplier of brake systems, chassis components, vehicle electronics, tires and technical elastomers. In 2006 the corporation realized sales of EUR14.9 billion. It has a worldwide workforce of around 89,000. As a worldwide leading technology partner to the automotive industry, the Automotive Systems Division of Continental AG integrates extensive know-how and uncompromising quality in the fields of driving safety, embedded telematics and hands-free communication systems, powertrain and comfort. In 2006 the Division achieved sales of approx. EUR6 billion with a workforce of more than 30,000. Continental Automotive Systems develops and produces electronic and hydraulic brake, stability and chassis control systems, electronic air suspension systems, sensors, engine management and transmission control systems, hybrid drives, cooling fan modules, body and security electronics and also is the industry leader of embedded telematics and communication systems in vehicles.