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Cummins powers to a century

February 1, 2019

It was in 1919 when Clessie Cummins and business partner William G. Irwin built a company that was one of the first to take advantage of the ground-breaking technology developed by German engineer Rudolf Diesel in the late 1800s – the diesel engine.

This year, Cummins Inc. celebrates its 100th year, boasts 60 000 employees worldwide (1 600 across Africa and the Middle East). It is one of a few independent engine manufacturers that still exist.

While diesel engines remain at its core, the company’s product offerings include natural-gas engines, hybrid and electric platforms, as well as engine systems components, controls and related technologies.

“Technological innovation is at the heart of what we do,” says chairman and CEO Tom Linebarger. “Cummins is a global technology leader with a broad portfolio of power solutions. We will continue to innovate to ensure the success of our customers.”

Cummins will further advance diesel and natural-gas engine technology and bring new solutions to market. It is investing in electrified powertrains and exploring and developing alternative technologies for future growth, such as solid oxide and hydrogen fuel cells.

In addition, the company continues to develop integrated engine system technologies and controls, and is working with partners to integrate its products and services in the autonomous vehicles of the future.

In anticipation of its centenary, the company recently launched the Cummins Powers Women programme, which forms part of the company’s commitment to the advancement and prosperity of women and girls around the world. It represents the next phase of its commitment to large-scale community impact – which has been a key part of the company’s first 100 years.

“As I reflect on our history and look to the future, I want people to view Cummins as a company that cares about powering a more prosperous world,” Linebarger notes. “How we do it is ultimately just as important as what we do.”

In 2018, 1 841 Cummins employees contributed 15 778 hours participating in the Cummins Every Employee, Every Community programme; which promotes employee engagement by ensuring every employee has the opportunity to contribute at least four hours on company time to his or her community.

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