@Mid-America: Cummins Runs The Numbers

Posted on March 30, 2011

At its annual press event just prior to the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Cummins executives gave a rundown of the company’s engine business and looked ahead to what it expects will be an improving 2011 in the on-highway engine markets.

Cummins said it produced nearly 900,000 engines globally in 2010, approximately 245,000 in North America and 261,000 in China. It was the first time production in China exceeded North America.

The company also noted a production milestone by producing its eight millionth B series engine in 2010. First developed in 1984, the engine is used in both on-highway (the Cummins ISB and Dodge Ram Turbodiesel) and off-highway (QSB) applications.

Cummins said more than 130,000 EPA 2010-certified engines, including more than 62,000 with SCR technology, have been produced and shipped from Cummins manufacturing facilities in Jamestown, N.Y., Rocky Mount, N.C., and Columbus, Ind., during 2010.

The 2010 heavy-duty ISX15 engine has shown consistent fuel economy improvements of 6% over the 2007 versions, according to Steve Charlton, vice president and chief technical officer – Engine Business. “Using our extensive bank of real-world data from customer field units and by working closely with our customers, we have been able to deliver significant calibration improvements that positively impact both fuel consumption and diesel exhaust fluid consumption,” Charlton said. Depending on load factors, duty cycles and operator behavior, Cummins had seen gains as high as 8% in some instances, Charlton added.

Cummins also announced the launch of Cummins Care, an enhanced customer assistance program providing 24/7 response. The new program is the latest addition to the operation located at the new 25,000 sq. ft. Cummins Customer Support Center in Nashville, Tenn. Cummins Care utilizes the same 1-800-DIESELS phone number that customers currently used, with the enhanced support hours to be extended to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, starting in July.

Looking ahead, Cummins said it expected Class 8 heavy-duty truck sales in North America for 2011 to finish between 210,000 to 230,000 units, although Cummins Vice President Ed Pence indicated replacement demand appeared to be strong enough to perhaps push those totals higher.