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Cummins, in Darlington, set to make 100,000th greener exhaust system
A NORTH-EAST engine manufacturer, founded by a US farm boy using borrowed dollars, is gearing up for a manufacturing milestone as it strengthens its position in the global emissions market.
Cummins, in Darlington, makes exhaust systems for trucks and buses to meet European emission targets, and will this month make its 100,000th greener unit.
The company, which employs 125 workers at its Yarm Road components division, started making the exhaust systems for companies across Europe in 2008, after changes to diesel engine emission regulations.
The process uses catalytic reduction to take away nitrogen oxide in engines.
Steve Nendick, Cummins' communications director, said its exhaust division was continuing to grow as European laws became ever more strict on reducing pollution from new vehicles.
He said: “The latest near zero levels of emissions come into force in 2014, so the need for this type of component is increasing.
“Our site supplies units to customers of Cummins engines as a complete system, as well as to other engine manufacturers, with the component division making key diesel engine technologies such as fuel systems, turbochargers and filtration units.
“This technology supports the push for cleaner air and reduced pollution and we expect our 100,000th unit to be made later this month.”
Cummins, which was set up by Clesie Lyle Cummins in 1919 in Indiana, after a loan from US banker William Irwin, is now a world-leader in the power and engine industry.
Earlier this year, it confirmed it was in negotiations over a contract to make 600 engines for the new version of London's famous Routemaster red buses.
Following a trial of eight prototype Cummins low-emission engines, Transport for London placed an order for the vehicles with Wrightbus, of County Antrim, Northern Ireland, at a cost £354,500 each.
Cummins has previous experience of cleaning up London buses, with many original Routemasters re-powered with its engines in the 1990s that brought improved reliability and fuel economy with lower emissions.
In 2011, the company made its one millionth mid-range engine in the North-East.
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