Cummins Inc. and KAMAZ Inc., the largest vehicle manufacturer in Russia, signed a joint venture agreement to produce Cummins B Series engines (120–275 horsepower) in Russia under the name ZAO Cummins Kama.
The engines will be produced in two stages to comply with Euro 2 and Euro 3 standards for diesel emissions. The EU is currently adhering to Euro 4 standards, and planning for Euro 5. Assembly of the engines begins in early 2006.
Russia, which has lagged far behind European emissions standards, last year approved (Russian Federal Government Decree 609 of OCtober 12 2005) an accelerated implementation plan that would bring the country closer into alignment with international standards over nine years.
The plan calls for the mandatory implementation of Euro-2 standards beginning in April of this year; Euro-3 in 2008; Euro-4 in 2010; and Euro-5 in 2014.
(Russia’s refinery infrastructure will need upgrading as well to be able to deliver the higher-quality fuels, such as low sulfur diesel, that will be required for the more stringent emissions standards of Euro 4 and 5.)
The 50-50 joint venture will build on a Cummins and KAMAZ relationship that dates from the early 1980s. Among customers of the new company are KAMAZ trucks and buses, as well as trucks, buses and agricultural equipment produced by other manufacturers in Russia, Belarus and the Ukraine.
We are very excited about this new joint venture with our friends at KAMAZ. Cummins will benefit from its association with this highly respected original equipment manufacturer and its extensive dealer network in the Russian market. KAMAZ will gain from the use of Cummins dependable clean diesel engines and will have access to our new business and manufacturing technologies.—Tim Solso, Cummins Chairman and CEO
Cummins recently was selected by the California South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) to demonstrate advanced diesel engine emissions control systems meeting the stringent EPA 2010 on-highway standard. (Earlier post).