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Cummins plans to build a series of new heavy-duty diesel engines in China starting next year, a move that industry analysts say should help the Columbus-based manufacturer expand sales and boost its market share in Europe and Asia.
The new products, designed to meet a variety of emission standards throughout the world, will be available in 10.5-liter and 11.8-liter displacements once production starts in the first half of 2014, the company said Monday.
“The G Series global design approach is a vivid demonstration of how Cummins is transforming from a multinational to a truly global company,” said Steve Chapman, Cummins vice president and group vice president for China and Russia. “This engine platform has been designed for diverse and global markets by utilizing the expertise and local knowledge of our engineers from around the world.”
Design and development was led by a team in the United States and supported by other technical employees internationally, Cummins said in a news release.
“My impression is this shows another incremental, positive step for Cummins that’s consistent with the globalization of not only their customer base but also their manufacturing facilities,” said Craig Kessler, president and chief investment officer with Kessler Investment Group LLC of Columbus.
The G Series initially will be manufactured in the Beijing Foton Cummins Engine Co. plant, Cummins said. The plant, created several years ago as a 50-50 joint venture between Cummins and China’s Foton Motor Co., has a capacity of 400,000 engines per year.
Kessler said Cummins has gained market share by focusing on engine solutions to meet generally tougher emissions standards around the globe, while some other engine-makers have stumbled in their attempts to develop competing products.
“The new global engine platform ensures that Cummins will be well-positioned in emerging markets, and it also shows the tremendous benefits that Cummins has realized by focusing on emissions compliance worldwide,” Kessler said.
For on-highway markets, the G Series heavy-duty engine platform will be introduced as the Cummins ISG11 and Cummins ISG12 engines, the company said, with a power range from 290 horsepower to 512 horsepower. Cummins called the ISG11 and ISG12 “ideal power solutions” for heavy-duty trucks, as well as buses, motor coaches, fire trucks and recreational vehicles.
Separately, Cummins also will introduce the QSG12, covering a range from 335 horsepower to 512 horsepower. Cummins envisions that engine being used in a variety of applications, including tractors, combines, wheel loaders, excavators, cranes, road-building equipment and other heavy machinery.
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