Hyundai-Cummins JV Begins Production At New Site
Cummins Inc. announced that engine production is now underway at the Hyundai Cummins Engine Co. (HCEC) joint venture facility in Daegu, South Korea. The first engines built at the 839,500 sq. ft. (78,000 m²) site are being supplied to the Hyundai construction equipment facility in Ulsan, Korea, for installation in excavators and wheel loaders.
The new HCEC facility has the capacity in place to produce more than 50,000 MidRange engines spanning a power range of 133 hp to 365 hp (99 to 272 kW) per year, Cummins said. The engines will be used in Hyundai equipment intended for operation in Korea, China, Southeast Asia, Russia, the Middle East and Africa.
“Production start-up at the new HCEC facility takes place just 19 months after the initial groundbreaking on site in November 2012, representing a remarkably short completion time to establish a world-class engine manufacturing operation,” said Dave Crompton, vice president and general manager – Cummins Engine Business.
HCEC is a 50/50 joint venture between Hyundai and Cummins announced in September 2012. It builds on a business relationship that extends back more than 20 years, Cummins said, as today Hyundai uses Cummins engines in a range of its machines, from a B3.9 diesel used in a compact wheel loader to the 23 L QSK23 used in Hyundai’s largest excavator.
The MidRange engines manufactured by HCEC include a mechanically controlled 5.9 and 8.3 L series and an electronically controlled 6.7 and 8.9 L series. The engines are derived from Cummins B, C and L base engine platforms.
By starting with a clean-sheet design approach, the HCEC facility incorporates current technology throughout the engine manufacturing, painting and testing processes. During engine hot testing, a regenerative system is used to capture waste energy, enabling up to 700,000 kW-hr per year to be saved as production ramps up, Cummins said.