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April 8, 2008 2:00 PM, EDT

Cummins Begins Production at Chinese Fuel Systems Plant

Diesel engine maker Cummins Inc. said Tuesday it opened its first fuel systems manufacturing site outside of North America, the Cummins Fuel Systems Wuhan plant, in China.

Wuhan, the capital city of Hubei Province in central China, also is home to a regional Cummins service center and a technical center joint venture owned by Cummins and China’s Dongfeng Motor Co.

Cummins said it made an initial investment of $10 million into the plant, which will make fuel pumps and injectors/fuel pumps, primarily for the Chinese market.

Cummins Fuel Systems designs and manufactures new and replacement fuel systems, primarily for heavy-duty on-highway diesel engine applications.

Cummins and Swedish truck maker Scania are the primary customers for the fuel systems business, while Scania is Cummins’ partner in two fuel systems joint ventures.

The plant “is an important part of our long-term commitment to bring clean power technology and products to our partners and customers in the Chinese market,” said John Watkins, president of Cummins’ East Asia unit.