As it celebrates its centenary, Cummins Inc. has opened The Power Hub at Waterfall Logistics Precinct in Waterfall City, Midrand. The Power Hub houses the Cummins Southern Africa Regional Headquarters, the Master Rebuild Centre (MRC), Africa Learning Centre and Gauteng Operations.
Acknowledging the strategic significance of the new premises and showcasing Cummins’s vote of confidence and commitment to the southern Africa region, visiting dignitaries from the global headquarters in Columbus, Indiana, in the United States of America, included the company’s chairman and CEO, Tom Linebarger; the VP and president – Distribution Business, Tony Satterthwaite; and the chief HR officer, Jill Cook.
The R350-million, 15 355 m2 facility is geared to ensure ease of business dealings for customers. It also supports the Cummins vision of exceeding customer expectations while improving operational efficiencies in a collaborative manner.
MD of Cummins Southern Africa, Racheal Njoroge, comments: “The architectural layout has been optimally and uniquely designed, adopting the Cummins Smart Office Concept to create a space that enhances internal collaboration, encourages engagement and thereby accelerates a solution-orientated approach. As always, we are driven by a customer-centric outlook to provide quality performance and service el-extraordinaire.”
The consolidation of the various businesses at The Power Hub provides a technologically advanced, world-class suite of products and capabilities – all under one roof.
The central hub provides power solutions for customers across the southern African region, while bringing together a host of technically advanced Cummins expertise in mining, power systems, automotive and technical training.
The facility provides the latest technology to meet industry needs: a 3 500 hp AVL Dyno Test Cell that can test some of the most powerful Cummins engines to full power; a precision-driven spray booth is large enough to accommodate the largest Cummins engines; and an environmentally advanced water purification plant that recycles 80 percent of the water used in the MRC.
Six truck repair bays are available, while the MRC has capacity to rebuild 240 engines a year. The training facility has a capacity to accommodate nearly 100 students per month.
The Power Hub also launches new progressive build processes that substantially reduce the overall build time while improving quality output. As part of the Cummins Distribution Business Unit, the facility also focuses on sales and aftermarket servicing.
There will be two 1,1 MVA back-up generators, while 650 kVA solar photovoltaic panels will be installed in the first half of 2019. The on-site water sprinkler tanks are powered by Cummins-powered fire pumps.