Production Begins At Guangxi Cummins Engine
The first Cummins 9.3 L engine has rolled off the production line at Guangxi Cummins Engine Co. Limited in Liuzhou, Guangxi Province, China. Guangxi Cummins Engine is a 50:50 joint venture between Cummins and LiuGong Machinery, one of China’s largest construction machinery manufacturers.
Guangxi Cummins is the first Cummins manufacturing facility in China dedicated to providing engines for the construction machinery market. It is also one of the largest production facilities for off-highway diesel engines in China, Cummins said. The total investment in Guangxi Cummins exceeds $160 million and the production facility covers an area of 2.1 million sq. ft., the initial production capacity is expected to reach 50,000 units per year, with the ability to expand the volume higher in the future when market demands increase.
“Guangxi Cummins enjoys a natural advantage in leveraging Cummins technological leadership and LiuGong’s rich application experience in the construction machinery market,” said Steve Chapman, group vice president for China and Russia, at Cummins. “This unique value proposition is of vital importance while we explore more market opportunities with an expanded product portfolio. As construction machinery OEMs in China play an increasingly important role in the global market, we expect that the development and optimization of Cummins engines for their equipment will add value to the industry.”
The 9.3 L engine is designed and built in China specifically for construction equipment to meet the demand of both LiuGong and other equipment manufacturers. The engine is available in multiple versions to meet various off-road emissions standards, the company said. Evolved from the Cummins L8.9 engine platform, the initial production engine is rated 162 kW (220 hp) and has been optimized for wheel loader applications, with enhanced low-end torque performance along with specially designed and patented power curves for wheel loader duty cycles.
“This new engine will complement Cummins existing product and manufacturing capabilities in China and focus specifically on the mainstream domestic construction markets,” said Dave Crompton, vice president, Engine Business at Cummins. “It signifies an important move for Cummins to invest in meeting the unique demands of the local market by optimizing for performance, fuel economy and cost.”
“The establishment of Guangxi Cummins further expands the decade-long strategic cooperation between Cummins and LiuGong,” said Zeng Guang’an, president of LiuGong. “The joint venture will be vital in building the unique competitive advantage of LiuGong construction machinery in the China market, as well as in our efforts to penetrate into international markets.”