LiuGong, Cummins to build engines in China in joint venture

Cummins Inc. and Guangxi LiuGong Machinery Co. Ltd. on Oct. 20 announced a joint-venture partnership to manufacture MidRange engines at a new facility to be built in Liuzhou City, Guangxi Province, in southern China. The new joint-venture operation will commence engine production in 2013. Volume is planned to reach 50,000 units with the capability to expand in the future.

The joint-venture agreement was signed in Liuzhou City by Wang Xiaohua, chairman of Guangxi LiuGong Machinery Co. Ltd., and Steve Chapman, group vice president of Cummins and chairman of Cummins China. The joint-venture engines will be based on Cummins MidRange engines meeting Tier 2 and Tier 3 emissions.

The MidRange engines will be fully localized in China and adapted for construction equipment usage by the joint-venture to meet the demand of LiuGong and other equipment manufacturers in China.

“The joint-venture announced today [Oct. 20] with LiuGong creates the foundation for both partners to significantly expand in the construction equipment market in China, the largest in the world, and where robust demand will continue to drive growth,” Tom Linebarger, president and Chief Operating Officer, Cummins Inc., said in a written press statement.

“I am delighted that we are expanding our long-term relationship with LiuGong, one of the leading and most respected equipment companies in China. LiuGong has achieved outstanding growth in recent years and is poised to expand its business even faster in the years ahead.

“It is clear that LiuGong shares many important values with Cummins. LiuGong focuses on the needs of its customers and is committed to excellence in everything it does. These shared values will help drive our new joint-venture forward to achieve its goals,” said Linebarger.

Cummins currently supplies MidRange engines to LiuGong for both its domestic market in China and for its global operations. The joint-venture operation in Liuzhou City will focus on introducing engines purpose-designed and fully localized for construction equipment in China. This fit-for-market approach recognizes the opportunity offered by customizing engines to meet specific economic and operational requirements.

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“The joint-venture between LiuGong and Cummins can be seen as a natural progression of our successful 10-year relationship, and we are delighted to become even stronger partners,”  Zeng Guang’an, vice chairman and president, Guangxi LiuGong Machinery Co. Ltd., said in the same press statement as Linebarger.

“By combining our equipment expertise with Cummins world-class engine capability, we know we have the right formula in place for our new joint- venture to succeed. Initial operations will begin as early as 2012 with engine-kit assembly, providing a useful lead-in to full production engines in 2013,” Guang’an continued.