Cummins announced it has developed an engine designed to operate on
E85 — a blend of 85% ethanol with 15%
gasoline. The new of the ETHOS (
ETHanol Optimized System) 2. 8 L engine and
powertrain package was developed as
part of the Ultra-Low Carbon Powertrain
Program sponsored by the California Energy Commission (CEC). Cummins said
the engine and powertrain could reduce
carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by as
much as 80% compared with a baseline
gasoline-powered medium-duty truck.
More details on Cummins new nondiesel
engine will be published in a future issue
of Diesel Progress North American.
Mack Trucks has announced a $26
million upgrade of its Macungie, Pa.,
Cab & Vehicle Assembly facility. The
investment includes a realignment of
subassembly and material handling to
more efficiently support the main vehicle
assembly lines, the company said. The
plant will also implement new processes and install new equipment, including two new chassis dynamometers, as
part of the upgrade to improve its post-production inspection and testing of
completed vehicles. The 1 million sq.ft.
plant includes three cab and two chassis assembly lines, a truck modification
center and an engine groom line.
Manitex International Inc., Bridge-view, Ill., a manufacturer of cranes and
specialized material and container handling equipment, announced that it has
reached an agreement to acquire PM
Group S.p.A., San Cesario sul Panaro,
Modena, Italy. The agreement is subject to pending Italian court approval of
a debt restructuring plan.
PM Group S.p.A. is a manufacturer
of truck-mounted hydraulic knuckle
boom cranes. Its largest subsidiary,
Oil & Steel (O&S), is a manufacturer of
truck-mounted aerial platforms.
Briggs & Stratton Corp. said that as
part of its effort to simplify its Snapper
product line and consolidate its manufacturing to reduce costs, it will close its
McDonough, Ga., location and consolidate production into existing facilities
in Wisconsin and New York. The McDonough facility manufactures pressure
washers, snow throwers, zero-turn lawn
mowers and smaller lawn and garden
tractors. Production of pressure washers, snow throwers and lawn tractors
will move to Briggs & Stratton’s Wauwatosa, Wis., manufacturing facility and
production of zero-turn lawnmowers will
be moved to its Munnsville, N.Y., site.
Production is estimated to be completed
in McDonough and transitioned to the
other facilities during the first quarter of
Bonfiglioli Riduttori in Bologna,
Italy, and Comer Industries, Reggiolo,
Italy, have announced an agreement
in which Bonfiglioli will buy Comer’s
electric wheel drive units and planetary
wheel drives product lines. Starting Jan.
1, 2015, Comer will transfer its entire equity stake dedicated to the production of
its electric wheel drive units (electrically
operated wheel drives) and planetary
wheel drives product lines to Bonfiglioli.
Guangxi Yuchai Machinery Co. Ltd.
(GYMCL), a subsidiary of China Yuchai
International Ltd. (CYD) has entered
into an equity transfer agreement to re-
structure the ownership of its joint ven-
ture company, Yuchai Remanufacturing
Services (Suzhou) Co. Ltd. (YRC). The
joint venture between CYD and Cater-
pillar (China) Investment Co. Ltd., a
subsidiary of Caterpillar, was incorpo-
rated in 2010 to provide remanufactur-
ing services for GYMCL’s diesel engines
and components and certain Caterpillar
diesel engines and components.
Through the agreement, Caterpillar
(China) Investment Co. Ltd. will trans-
fer its entire 49% equity ownership in
YRC to GYMCL, bringing GYMCL’s
ownership to 100% and making YRC
a wholly owned subsidiary of GYMCL.
No financial terms were disclosed and
the transaction is subject to approval
by the Suzhou Bureau of Commerce.
Phillips & Temro Industries, a supplier of engineered heating products,
systems and controls as well as cooling
and silencing products, has acquired
Idle Free Systems Inc., Madison, Wis.,
a manufacturer of idle elimination systems for trucks and buses. No financial
details were provided. Idle Free Systems’ Idle Free APU is a battery-based
system that captures and stores energy
produced by the vehicle when a truck
is operating, then uses it to power the
vehicle’s hotel loads when the main engine is shut down.
CNH Industrial N.V. said that it
would close its crawler excavators and
dozer assembly plant in Calhoun, Ga.,
in the third quarter of 2015, to “adjust its
construction operations based on current volumes and market demand.” dp
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64 DIESEL PROGRESS NORTH AMERICAN EDITION August 2014