Daimler Truck and Cummins strike a deal


Medium-duty engine collaboration signals more such projects possible

Daimler Truck and Cummins strike a deal
Martin Daum, chairman of Daimler Truck AG

 

Daimler trucks and engine maker Cummins have signed a memorandum of understanding to build engines for medium-duty applications with the US-based engine maker to establish an engine plant in the Mercedes-Benz campus in Mannheim, Germany.

As part of the planned strategic partnership, Cummins will invest in the further development of medium-duty engine systems for Daimler Trucks and Buses and the global production and delivery of medium-duty engines by Cummins for Daimler Trucks and Buses.

This is to begin in the second half of the decade with a future aim of global medium-duty engine systems for Daimler trucks and buses around the world to be Cummins powered.

The companies added that other opportunities for collaboration are also being evaluated.

"The memorandum of understanding between Daimler Truck AG and Cummins makes engine production at the Mannheim location fit for the future and at the same time strengthens our competitiveness," Daimler Truck AG chairman Martin Daum says.

"With the changeover to Euro VII, we would have to invest considerable resources in the further development of our medium-duty engines.

"We are now freeing up these funds to focus them on the technologies that are crucial to our long-term corporate success in the transformation of our industry.

The move presages a deepening of the relationship between the two companies.

"Our partnership is a terrific opportunity for both companies to be more competitive, drive global innovation, expand offerings to customers and reduce emissions," Cummins chairman and CEO Tom Linebarger says.

"We are looking forward to working with Daimler on this and exploring other potential opportunities to grow our respective companies.

"As the leading independent global power solutions provider, Cummins is committed to ensuring any customer anywhere has the right solution by offering them a broad range of power solutions from advanced diesel, near-zero natural gas, fully electric, hydrogen and other technologies."


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Daimler Truck is focusing on the development of zero-emission drive technologies and the further development of its own heavy-duty engine platform so the Cummins link is sure to help increase and accelerate Daimler’s development efforts on alternative and emerging technologies, including non-diesel engines.

In the future, Daimler Truck says it will focus on the further progression of zero-emission drive technologies as well as further development of commercial heavy-duty drivetrains.

The production of the current medium-duty engine generation by Daimler will end with the start of production of the Cummins engines at Mannheim.

In a next step, the partners will evaluate a broader global strategic cooperation through identifying potential synergies in areas such as powertrain components and engine system components.

Cummins will use its existing footprint and strong production and supply chain networks in all other regions for use in other Daimler Trucks’ brands, including those of Daimler Trucks North America.

The Daimler heavy-duty engine platform (HDEP) for the heavy-duty vehicle segment of Daimler Trucks and Buses will remain in the Daimler Truck AG portfolio.

The HDEP engine family will continue to be manufactured by the global production network in Mannheim and Detroit, Michigan and fitted in heavy-duty trucks, in touring coaches as well as in third-party products worldwide.

 

 

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