Cummins Westport Launches BGI Engine Manufacturing in IndiaVANCOUVER, British Columbia--Jan. 19, 2006--Cummins Westport Inc. (CWI) and Cummins India Limited (CIL) today announced the successful limited production launch of CWI's B Gas International (BGI) natural gas engine in India. Manufacturing takes place at CIL's modern Daman facility in Western India.
The BGI engine was unveiled at the Auto Expo in New Delhi on January 16, 2006. The locally-manufactured BGI natural gas engine will be supplied to OEM's in India such as Tata Motors, and is now in service in the "Starbus" on New Delhi roads today.
"Local manufacturing of our lean-burn, spark-ignited BGI engine by CIL is vital to any growth in India," said Guan Saw, President of Cummins Westport Inc. "The successful production launch is a key milestone for CWI. The availability of a low cost locally manufactured BGI engine will enable CIL to leverage their long-term relationships with India's largest OEM's, both in the domestic Indian market and the target export markets of these OEM's."
CIL's Vice President - Automotive Business, Arun Ramachandran added, "Local manufacturing capability of the BGI natural gas engines in India enables us to offer our markets innovative, state-of-the-art technology at a very competitive cost. As New Delhi leads the way for Indian cities by offering world class buses, Cummins India Limited is proud to be ready with localized Euro III compliant CNG engines that are capable of powering these state-of-the-art buses. We are excited about the BGI range of products since these are the first natural gas engines in India that can power other applications like concrete mixers and refuse trucks that need more power than stoichiometric gas engines. The market is set to grow with the increased availability of natural gas resources in India and the environmental concerns this technology addresses. We hope to build on our local manufacturing capability and offer the product to markets outside India in the future."
With ratings from 150-230 horsepower, the B Gas International lean burn spark-ignited natural gas engine features many of the proven components and features of the B Gas Plus. The B Gas International promises robust design, variable fuel composition capability, dramatically improved reliability, operability, and serviceability, with built-in Cummins proven diagnostics.
About Cummins India Limited
Cummins India Limited, in Pune, India since 1962, is the country's leading manufacturer of diesel and gas engines for power generation, industrial, and automotive markets. CIL has produced more than 167,000 engines to date in its manufacturing facilities in Pune. The company manufactures on an average, nearly 20,000 engines and gensets per year. CIL is the flagship company of the Cummins group in India. www.cumminsindia.com.
About Cummins Westport Inc.
Cummins Westport Inc., a joint venture of Cummins Inc. and Westport Innovations Inc. (TSX:WPT), manufactures and sells the world's widest range of low-emissions alternative fuel engines for commercial transportation applications such as trucks and buses. Cummins is a global power leader in engines, electrical power generation systems and related technologies. Westport Innovations is the leading developer of technologies that allow engines to operate on clean-burning fuels such as natural gas, hydrogen, and hydrogen-enriched natural gas (HCNG). www.cumminswestport.com.
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