Company investing US$10 million in a brand new high-horsepower engine rebuild facility in Krakow
CUMMINS, the world's largest independent engine manufacturer, are to open a state-of-the-art high-horsepower engine rebuild centre in Krakow, Poland. The new site, set to be fully operational at the end of this year, will be the company’s first such specialist rebuild facility in Europe.
This US$10 million investment will enable Cummins Poland to provide strategic support for customers throughout the region, not only in the specialized engine rebuild process but also supporting local customers throughout Poland with the company’s considerably extended distribution and warehousing capabilities.
The new 4,600 sq m facility will help meet growing customer demand for such specialized engine rebuild services. It will also deliver a better response to the differing needs of Cummins customers across Europe, supporting them with the highest quality maintenance service, improving engine uptime, increasing engine efficiency, and driving down costs.
The facility will complement the company’s global network of dedicated high-horsepower engine rebuild sites, typically suited to engines 19 litres and above in size, including Cummins renowned QSK19, QSK38, and QSK60 engine models. Moreover, the new centre will be capable of overhauling and rebuilding smaller engines, including those from mid- and heavy-duty ranges.
Since Cummins engines operate in some of the harshest working environments, the rebuild process – including complete disassembly, cleaning, inspection, the replacement of major components, design improvements, and testing – is dedicated to extending the life of the original engine. In many cases, these steps can also enhance the engine’s fuel efficiency and performance, thus making the product life cycle more sustainable.
‘This is a significant step in increasing Cummins’ presence in Poland and other European countries, enabling us to meet the demand for engine rebuild services across several market segments more effectively,’ said Marek Matuszewski, country leader for Poland, the Baltic States and Ukraine at Cummins.
‘Once the rigorous engine rebuild process is complete, a product can be considered ‘as new’, delivering performance that is the same or better than the original engine, so the investment is sure to prove beneficial for our current and future partners.
‘This is also a strategic move for Cummins globally in that it significantly expands the range of services in the region while expanding storage and distribution capacity, including a six-fold increase in warehouse space,’ he continued.
‘The location of our company’s first centre of this kind in Europe is also no coincidence. It is situated close to the international airport in Krakow and alongside a major highway connecting the city to other European destinations, so it has excellent road, rail, and air transport links to other key countries for us and our customers. Moreover, due to the presence of great technical universities in the city, more world-class specialists will be able to join our team.’
The new centre will feature numerous sustainable solutions, including a high-tech microbiological wash bay reusing 100% of water, and the installation of solar panels as well as charging points for electric vehicles. It will also be equipped with innovative systems such as two 15-tonne overhead cranes, jib cranes, a test cell with an engine dynamometer, a paint booth, and a bake-and-blast cleaner.
In addition, the new site will have two disassembly bays, four high-horsepower and three mid-range/heavy-duty assembly bays, and a MILLIPORE testing stand. Cummins say such specialized capabilities will generate additional interest in Poland among businesses from outside the country.
The company, which has been operating in Poland for almost 30 years now, currently has four sites in the country, in Krakow, Gdansk, Lubin and Lomianki. The newly built plant will replace the existing facility in Krakow and will extend Cummins’ current operational and rebuild capabilities. As a result, administrative and financial specialists, as well as engineers, will join the existing team this year.