Cummins Darlington plant celebrates its 50th anniversary

Cummins Darlington plant celebrated its 50th anniversary in July with an event attended by over 4,000 staff, retirees and families.  The family theme had something for everyone; from fun-fairs to pony rides and stunt bikes to factory tours and Cummins powered vehicles, old and new.  Backed up by features in the regional newspaper and displays in the local library this recognised the manufacturing achievement of Cummins Darlington in providing diesel power around the world for over 50 years.

Officially opened on 13th July 1965, the plant first produced a range of Small Vee V6 and V8 diesel engines, named VAL and VALE.  They had a capability from 100-210 hp, powering trucks, buses, construction equipment and boats for key customers such as Dodge, Ford, Daimler and many others.  After 20 years and 350,000 units, production switched to the B Series engine family following a major upgrade.  These 3.9 and 5.9 litre products were a significant move away from Cummins traditional business and played a major part in the growth of the company around the world.  They are the forerunners of the ultra-clean low emission products manufactured today, powering a wide range of buses, trucks, construction equipment, boats and power generation units.



This weeks guest blog is from Steve Nendick, Marketing Communications Director, Cummins Ltd.

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