Friday, August 11, 2017

Cummins to invest Rs 1,500 crore in Pune unit


PUNE: American diesel engine specialist Cummins is setting up the group's biggest technology centre in Pune at a cost of Rs 1,500 crore. The proposed Cummins Technical Centre in India (CTCI) will come up on a 16-acre campus at Kothrud on the outskirts of Pune. 

It will develop electric and hybrid vehicle solutions, including affordable emission technologies, with the help of 2,500 engineers, according to Sandeep Sinha, chief operating officer of Cummins Group India 

The expenditure on the proposed centre will be spread over three to five years, he said. Apart from delivering affordable emission solutions for the local market, the India centre will also spearhead the company’s global effort to improve emission technology, including for vehicles and hybrid solutions. 

Sinha said the Kothrud centre will, in a way, consolidate the company’s R&D resources at one place, just as the company had consolidated its manufacturing footprint from different locations at its facility in Phaltan, on the outskirts of Pune, in late 2000. 

The R&D facility will transform from being just an analysis-led design base to the one which can design, develop and execute for the company’s global operations. The centre will work on exploring and providing technology insights that will offer a critical competitive advantage in engine, component and generator technology for its global operations. 

CTCI will eventually have more than 36 engine test cells, engine builds and tear down areas and other spaces essential to technology, product development, verification and validation work across the various engine, generator and component technologies. “Starting with analysis-led design, (we) graduated to designing sub-systems to entire platforms… We have actually ended up designing the Euro V platforms out of India,” said Sinha. 

“That is what will give us an edge, with Euro 6 coming in India in a short period of time. We already have engineers who are working on the BS 6 solution.” To meet the upcoming emission regulations with ‘fit for market’ solutions, Cummins is developing an engine with a selective catalytic reduction after treatment, while also incorporating an internally developed, high-pressure common rail electronic fuel system for better fuel economy and performance, Sinha said. 

The COO said the company will invest close to Rs 200 crore on development of BS VI platform for the Indian market. According to Sinha, Cummins has a go-to-market electric vehicle platform in the works which will hit the US market in 2019, and a significant part of that work is happening in India. 

The company said Cummins can complement India’s push towards electrification and vehicle hybridisation, whenever it happens, with ready solutions, and the new tech centre will play a key role in making it affordable for the Indian market.


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