The first Cummins 9.3-L engine recently rolled off the production line at Guangxi Cummins Engine Co. Ltd., the 50:50 joint venture (JV) between Cummins Inc. and LiuGong Machinery, marking the official start of operations in Liuzhou, southern China. The 9.3-L engine produces 162 kW (217 hp) and offers low-end torque suitable for wheel-loader applications with 5T-bucket load. Its “patented” power curve and optimized combustion were specially engineered for wheel-loader duty cycles, the JV claims. “This new engine will complement Cummins existing product and manufacturing capabilities in China and focus specifically on the mainstream domestic construction markets,” Dave Crompton, Vice President of Engine Business, Cummins Inc., said in a statement announcing SOP. “It signifies an important move for Cummins to invest in meeting the unique demands of the local market by optimizing for performance, fuel economy, and cost.” Initial production capacity at the 200,000-m2 (2.15 million-ft2) facility is expected to reach 50,000 units per year, with the ability to expand volume when market demands increase.