Cummins has been associated with the Indian subcontinent for five decades. The stage was set way back in 1962, when a partnership between Kirloskar and Cummins crystallized into a 100-acre manufacturing campus in Pune. Within a span of three years from commencing operations, the business venture started to generate profits. Thereon, the partnership continued to flourish, till up till 1997, when the Kirloskar’s sold their ownership; resulting in Cummins Inc. increasing its stake to 51% and the rest being traded on the Bombay Stock Exchange. This led to the formation of Cummins India Limited, a consolidated subsidiary of Cummins Inc.
Today, Cummins India Limited has grown to become the country’s leading manufacturer of diesel and natural gas engines. It is only one of the eight legal entities (including four joint ventures) of the Cummins Group in India, signifying Cummins’ increasing presence in the country. Comprising of four business units - Industrial Engine, Power Generation, Distribution, and Automotive, Cummins India Limited is also the largest entity of the Cummins Group in India.
- The Industrial Engine Business caters to the industrial sector with its broad spectrum of diesel engines ranging from 18 HP to 3500 HP. The range is designed to power varied market segments such as Construction, Mining, Compressor, Marine, Rail, Agriculture, Pumps, Oil & Gas, Power Generation and Defense.
- The Power Generation Business addresses standby and prime power needs through the design and manufacture of pre-integrated generator sets, transfer switches, paralleling equipment and controls.
- The Automotive Business integrates Cummins’ diesel and natural gas engines with related technologies such as filtration, exhaust, turbo, fuel and coolant systems and lube oil to serve the commercial vehicle segment in India.
- The fourth business, Distribution operates under the brand name ‘Cummins Sales and Service India’. Acquired in 1967, with the objective of providing products, packages, services and solutions for uptime of Cummins equipments, it has since been engaged in the business of sale of engines, and providing after-market support to customers in India, Nepal and Bhutan.
In 1987, the joint venture Fleetguard Filters Pvt. Limited was formed between Cummins Filtration Inc. and Perfect Sealing Systems Pvt. Ltd. More than two decades later, the entity with three manufacturing locations - Pune, Hosur and Jamshedpur continues to manufacture air, fuel, oil and water filters for Cummins and other engine manufacturers.
In 1989, another joint venture was started between Crompton Greaves & Newage, to form CG Newage Ltd. Crompton sold its holding to Cummins in 2002. In 2006, Cummins took over completely and the entity began operating under the name of Cummins Generator Technologies India Limited. Three manufacturing facilities, each in Pune, Ahmednagar and Ranjangaon manufacture alternators ranging from 5 to 2000 kVA. Aligned with the Corporation’s initiatives towards a cleaner and healthier environment, the plant in Ranjangaon set up in 2007, is the first green plant in India.
Another joint venture, Tata Cummins Limited, was formed between Cummins Inc. and Tata Motors in 1993 to produce mid-range engines for Tata Motors’ commercial vehicles. With a manufacturing plant at Jamshedpur and a second plant at Phaltan in Maharashtra, Tata Cummins Limited remains a significant contributor to Cummins’ profitable growth in India.
Valvoline Cummins Limited, started in 1998, is a 50:50 joint venture between Cummins India Limited and Ashland that manufactures automotive lubricants, transmission fluids, gear oils, hydraulic lubricants, automotive filters, specialty products, greases and cooling system products. The entity is headquartered in Delhi, with a manufacturing facility at Panvel.
In 2002, Cummins Infotech was merged into KPIT Infosystems to form KPIT Cummins Infosystems Limited, a global IT consulting and product engineering partner to manufacturing and financial services organizations. The Company is headquartered in Pune.
Cummins Research Technology India Limited was started in Pune in 2003 as part of a global effort to perform low-cost, high-quality engineering work. It was the first, and so far the only, Cummins research center to be built without physical laboratories. The facility uses the latest computer technology to support design and analysis for Cummins worldwide.
Cummins Technologies India Limited was formed in 2008. Under it are 5 divisions- Cummins Turbo Technologies, Cummins Emission Solutions, ReCon Parts India , Cummins Business Services and Cummins Fuel Systems India.
- In 1995, the Tata Group and Holset (a Cummins-owned company) collaborated to form a joint venture, Tata Holset Limited, to produce turbochargers at a plant in Dewas. When Cummins rebranded its entities in 2006, Tata Holset Ltd. became part of Cummins Turbo Technologies. Today it has facilities in Pune, Dewas, Pithampur and Rudrapur.
- Cummins Emission Solutions is engaged in the design, integration, manufacture and distribution of exhaust after-treatment systems and components for ‘on and off-highway’ medium, heavy and high horsepower engine markets. Working with technology partners, the business provides these solutions for Cummins and other engine manufacturers, while applying its expertise in providing a range of products from packaging to integrated systems.
- ReCon Parts India began in 2008 with manufacturing facilities in Pithampur and Ranjangaon. It offers reconditioned engines and components, including fuel pumps, injectors, cylinder heads, turbochargers, cam followers, water pumps, and other parts. It also has a plant in Phaltan.
- Cummins Business Services is based in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. The entity handles shared services like payroll, travel and customer care. It has branches around the world, including in India.
Today Cummins in India has expanded its businesses across markets and geographies, spanning 200 locations in the country. The Company has 20 state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities across the country. The Group has also commenced production at its 300-acre Megasite project in Phaltan, Maharashtra that will allow all future projects to operate from a single location.
Employing close to 14,000 individuals, the Group has reported combined sales of approximately Rs.10,500 crores in 2011.