Perkins to manufacture the 4000 series engine in India
The company is set to begin manufacturing its powerful 4000 Series engines in India, following the decision by parent company Caterpillar to invest $150 million in a new plant. The manufacturing facility will be located in the Shendra Industrial Area in Aurangabad and work is due to start in early 2012 with a completion date targeted for mid 2013. Initially the facility will have the capacity to produce around 3,000 engines per year with the capability to increase to 5,000 units.
Richard Cotterell, General Manager, Large Engines, said, “The 4000 Series is a proven range of powerful engines and coupled with the brand, which is well-known and respected, there is strong demand from Asian customers for this product.”
Gwenne Henricks, President, Perkins, said, “This is wonderful news for Perkins as we mark the start of our 80th year in business. The new plant will be a great addition to our global manufacturing capability and will help us forge even closer ties with our valued Asian OEM customers.”
The 4000 Series is a range of 6-, 8-, 12- and 16-cylinder diesel and spark ignited gas engines that range from 695 kWm up to 2,083 kWm. The latest introduction, the 4016-61TRG model, is the most powerful unit ever produced by the company.