CUMMINS CELEBRATES 750,000 MID-RANGE ENGINES
28 February 2007
Darlington, UK (February 28, 2007) - Cummins factory in Darlington celebrated the build of its 750,000th Mid-Range engine today. Local dignitaries and press were invited to attend the event, recognising the status of Cummins as one of the largest employers in the local area.
The factory opened in 1965, originally building the Small Vee family of engines. Mid-range production began in the plant in 1985 following an upgrade costing £13.5 million. The Mid-Range engines are the B and C Series products, which are used in truck, bus, construction, material handling, military, marine, rail and power generation applications around the world.
The 750,000th engine was painted red to reflect the Cummins latest brand standards, and is destined for Turkish customer BMC. It will be presented to them by Cummins CEO Tim Solso during a planned visit in April. BMC, based in Izmir, have been a customer of Cummins for over 20 years. They currently build B and C Series engines under licence for local use in their trucks and buses. They have a growing export business for their products into Europe, which need the latest emissionised ISBe engines manufactured by Darlington.
The 750,000th engine comes at a time of growth for Cummins Darlington. 2006 was a strong year with over 62,000 units shipped to European, Middle East, African and Asian customers. This was 20% higher than 2005 and is expected to grow further during 2007 as demand for low emissions engines continues to increase. Significant effort has been made in the factory to move production from 200 engines per day early in 2006 to over 300 per day now. This has involved a major recruitment exercise in moving staff levels on site from 700 to around 900. Tim Millwood, Darlington Plant Manager said, "This is a great milestone for the plant and a proud achievement for our employees. This 750,000th engine represents 22 years of midrange production and development in Darlington. Over the 22 years the workforce have had to adapt to a lot of changes to remain competitive. It is important that we maintain this commitment and flexibility as we continue to meet the increasing demands of our customer."
Cummins Inc. is the world's largest independent manufacturer of diesel engines. With over 30,000 employees, Cummins reported sales of $11.36 billion in 2006 and produced over 833,000 engines. 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. A substantial manufacturing presence in Europe includes the mid-range engine plant at Darlington UK and the high horsepower engine plant at Daventry, UK.