Cummins Inc. announced this week that engine production is underway at the Hyundai Cummins Engine Co. joint-venture facility in Daegu, South Korea. The first engines built at HCEC are being supplied to the Hyundai construction equipment facility in Ulsan, Korea, for installation in excavators and wheel loaders. The facility has the capability to ramp up production to more than 50,000 MidRange engines per year, ranging from 133 hp to 365 hp.

Rapid implementation of the planning and construction of the HCEC factory was enabled by fast-track support from the city of Daegu and the Daegu-Gyeongbuk Free Economic Zone agency.

“Production start-up at the new HCEC facility takes place just 19 months after the initial ground-breaking onsite in November 2012, representing a remarkably short completion time to establish a world-class engine manufacturing operation,” said Dave Crompton, vice president and general manager – Cummins engine business.

The latest generation of Hyundai machines currently being introduced to North America and Europe feature Cummins near-zero emissions engine and after-treatment systems, meeting Tier 4 final and European Union Stage IV regulations.