Cummins announced Tuesday, April 8, the opening of its first fuel systems manufacturing site outside of North America, the Cummins Fuel Systems Wuhan plant. Wuhan, the capital city of Central China’s Hubei Province, also is home to a regional Cummins service center and a technical center joint venture owned by Cummins and Dongfeng Motor Co. Cummins has made an initial investment of $10 million into the plant, which will manufacture Cummins common rail fuel pumps and CELECT injectors/fuel pumps, primarily for the China market.
“Advanced fuel systems is the key to optimizing combustion in order to deliver products that meet both advanced emissions standards and customer performance requirements,” says Ray Amlung, vice president and general manager of Cummins Fuel Systems. “The Wuhan production facility will provide Cummins and our local partners with critical access to our industry-leading fuel systems technology and products as the country moves toward Euro III in 2008 and Euro IV, most likely in 2011.”
The Wuhan plant joins Cummins Turbo Technologies (formerly Holset) and Cummins Filtration (formerly Fleetguard) to become the third Cummins components business unit with local production in the China diesel market. According to Cummins, when it opens its Emission Solutions exhaust aftertreatment plant in Beijing later this year, it will be the only foreign maker capable of manufacturing products in all four critical engine subsystems — filtration, air handling, fuel systems and exhaust aftertreatment — in the emerging China market.
“The Cummins Wuhan Fuel Systems Plant is an important part of our long-term commitment to bring clean power technology and products to our partners and customers in the Chinese market,” says John Watkins, president of Cummins East Asia. “We will meet emissions standards and customer needs with locally manufactured products. The Wuhan-built fuel systems will support the on-highway engines manufactured by two of our China engine joint ventures, Dongfeng Cummins and Xi’an Cummins.”
Cummins Fuel Systems designs and manufactures new and replacement fuel systems primarily for heavy-duty on-highway diesel engine applications. In addition to the new plant in Wuhan, Cummins Fuel Systems has production operations in Columbus, Ind.; El Paso, Texas; and Juarez, Mexico.