…says Sandeep Sinha, COO, Cummins Group in India, in an exclusive interview to APF
With BS VI coming into force from 2020, how is Cummins preparing to tap this opportunity?
We already have BS VI types of products globally and are now trying to adapt those technologies to duty cycle in India for creating, what we call, Fit for Market (FFM) products. This will make sure that customers, who are partnering with us, will get the right products at the right time.
Is the industry (auto OEMs and fuel suppliers) ready for adoption of BS VI regime? How will Cummins support its customers?
We believe that fuel containing less than 10 PPM sulfur will be available by 2020. With that, now what really happens is that we are going to take the engine and put it to complex after treatment. Even today for BS IV, for the first time, we have introduced after treatment in SCR (selective catalytic reduction) technology.
Cummins offers both SCR and EGR (exhaust gas recirculation) technologies in BS IV. As a result, we offer power of choice to the customers. Depending upon the applications in BS IV regime, customers can pick SCR or EGR technology. In BS VI, there will be requirements of after treatment and these are going to be a complex system. We are looking at how we can simplify it as we have very good after treatment products like single module products, which are simple and can be adapted to Indian requirements. We are working on simplified products which will be easy for customers to integrate with the powertrain.
Your views on the performance of the power generation business?
Power deficit has reduced and we believe it will continue to decrease with improved efficiencies and more capacities being put up. We are convinced that we have to live in such an environment, which is a good sign for the country (since with less power shortage economy is bound to grow). With this, we are able to sell genset for standby applications, which is what we do in the rest of the world, rather than as a prime power source that runs all the time. For many years, in India, gensets were used as primary source of power. As capital formation takes place, we will see robust growth for our genset business. We are market leaders and we feel good about this business.
What will be the focus of the upcoming R&D centre in Pune?
R&D centre will cater to all types of technology. It is going to be an agnostic of diesel, natural gas, electrical, etc, and will cater to any global requirement. Around 80% of work undertaken by this R&D centre will be for outside India. It is a very unique opportunity.
Our engineers will have the opportunity to work on projects from all over the world and also bring that learning into Indian market. So whatever be the market requirements, we will be ready with the right solutions at the right time. Even before, lots of developments on the Euro VI type of engines have taken place in India in the earlier technology centre. With the new R&D centre, we will have more test cells & labs that will make work much easier.
What are your growth plans for India?
We are anticipating good growth. The Indian economy is stable and the government policies to invest in infrastructure development will fuel growth in industrial sectors such as railways, construction, etc. We have all the technologies and resources to meet the existing and upcoming requirements of our customers.
the requirements of local market. We call
them Fit for Market (FFM) solutions,”
opined Sandeep Sinha, COO, Cummins
Group in India
In addition to developing FFM,
affordable emission solutions for
the Indian market, the R&D centre
in Pune will spearhead the company’s
global effort to improve technology for
vehicles using diesel, electrified engine
and hybrid solutions.