Engines, generator sets and related components and technologies provider Cummins opened a new plant to manufacture high horsepower engines in Phaltan, Maharashtra. This is the seventh factory to open at the site and it is Cummins’ largest high horsepower manufacturing site in the world.The plant will build the QSK 23 Tier I and II engines and can produce 3,000 units per year initially. However if demand grows beyond this, the plant can be expanded to increase production with minimal investment. Production of the QSK 23 series in-house, which up until now was being imported from Komatsu Ltd., Japan, further consolidates Cummins’ manufacturing capabilities for markets across the globe.The plant will also manufacture QSK 23 Tier IV and QSK 60 engines that will comply with the 2015 emission norms, in the near future. This entire range caters to the power generation, mining, industrial, construction, and oil and gas sectors, in the domestic and global markets.“The Megasite was conceived six years ago to house ongoing and future expansions of the Cummins Group in India,” said Anant J. Talaulicar, Managing Director of Cummins Group in India during the inauguration. “This new facility positions us well in the export markets as the economies begin to recover. We are optimistic about our long term growth prospects and we are continuing to invest manufacturing, technology and service capacities to serve our customers well.”The state-of-the-art lean manufacturing facility spans an area of 39.5 acres and includes engine assembly, testing, painting and machining. Adopting green building practices, operations inside the plant have replaced the conventional hydro dynamometer technology with eco-friendly AC dynamometer technology. This technology helps reduce water consumption and prevents energy loss while testing ngines. Once fully operational, the plant will employ close to 350 individuals.