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Cummins East Asia R&D center starts operation

Dec. 8, 2022
The company has continued to expand its research and development efforts in East Asia, particularly to develop carbon-neutral technology.

As Cummins has continued to develop fleet decarbonization methods, the company recently opened a new research and development center located in the Wuhan Economic and Technological Development Zone in Central China.

The Cummins East Asia Research & Development Center is 300% larger than its original site, covering 78,000 sq.-m. (839,585 sq.-ft.) and housing over 900 employees. Included in the facility is 28 test cells which will cover performance; reliability; noise, vibration, and harshness; and cold start research. Between these departments, Cummins hopes to expand their decarbonization efforts as they invest $150 million in more research and development facilities in East Asia.

Part of this investment is contributing to a new power building which is still under construction but will eventually include labs for research on fuel cells, powertrains, transmissions, H2 ICE test cells, and LD/HD Chassis Dynos.

“Given our diverse end-markets and product portfolio—the types and timing of solutions will vary, but we are committed to having the right solutions at the right time, to support our customers in meeting their own carbon reduction targets, on their own path to zero carbon emissions, East Asia R&D Center is at the center of our work to meet these audacious goals,” said Nathan Stoner, Cummins VP-China ABO.

As part of Cummins continued efforts to optimize natural gas and electric developments in their assets, the company also unveiled their Destination Zero strategy at the facility opening. This included presenting their full lineup of low carbon and zero carbon power solutions, which encompassed the NSVI Natural Gas Engine, fuel agnostic engine platform, H2 ICE, fuel cell and diversified powertrain solutions including the Cummins engine, Eaton-Cummins transmission and Cummins Meritor axle.

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