Engine-builder Cummins Inc. confirmed it will start construction soon on a new manufacturing center in Turkey early next year, where it will produce filtration products, and later alternators for power generators. The construction program in Izmir, Turkey, involves what Cummins calls a multi-phased manufacturing site. Production will begin at the first phase of the development in early 2012.
Cummins designs and manufactures engines and related technologies, including fuel systems, controls, air handling, filtration, emission solutions and electrical power generation systems.
The capital investment for the Turkish project is estimated at $70 million.
“Turkey is a well-established manufacturing center, with many capable suppliers and a large and expanding customer base,” according to Cummins Filtration president Joseph Saoud. “Turkey also has a young, growing labor force that we expect to continue to be cost competitive for many years to come.”
Indiana-based Cummins indicates the filtration products, and later the alternator sets, will be exported to customers in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. The company has similar plants and logistics centers in Belgium, France, and the United Kingdom.
Production is expected to begin at the 1 million square foot site in early 2012 and Cummins indicates it expects to have 800 employees within five years of the start-up at the 1 million ft2 site.
“Turkey is literally at the crossroads of Europe, the Middle East and Africa and this location will be in the middle of some of Cummins’ strongest markets,” Saoud said.