Cum­mins to Set up its Big­gest Tech­nol­ogy Cen­tre at Pune

The Economic Times - - Companies: Pursuit Of Profit - Ke­tan.Thakkar @times­group.com

PUNE CAM­PUS The pro­posed cen­tre will come up on a 16-acre cam­pus at Kothrud on the out­skirts of Pune

Pune: Amer­i­can diesel en­gine spe­cial­ist Cum­mins is set­ting up the group’s big­gest tech­nol­ogy cen­tre in Pune at a cost of .₹ 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 fi- ve years, he said.

Apart from de­liv­er­ing af­ford­able emis­sion so­lu­tions for the lo­cal mar­ket, the 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. The COO said the com­pany will in­vest close to .₹ 200 crore on de­vel­op­ment of BS VI plat­form for the In­dian mar­ket.

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