New Course For Cummins, Mercury Marine Joint Venture


Cummins and Mercury Marine announced that they will transition from their Cummins MerCruiser Diesel Marine (CMD) joint venture to a strategic supply arrangement between the two companies. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

All business activities will move from CMD to the parent companies, with completion of the transition anticipated by mid-2012. CMD said it will conduct business as usual through the transition. Cummins and Mercury established the CMD joint venture in 2002 to supply integrated diesel propulsion systems to the worldwide recreational and commercial marine markets. The joint venture supplies diesel marine propulsion products from 40 to 715 hp for recreational applications and 150 to 715 hp for commercial use.

Cummins and Mercury Marine said they will each utilize their respective parent company resources to develop, manufacture, sell, distribute and service diesel engines, drives, pods and related parts, accessories and services to global marine diesel markets.

This announcement follows the decision in October that CMD’s High Speed Diesel line will shift to Mercury Marine. Mercury Marine will integrate CMD’s high speed diesel range into its product portfolio and will sell, service and support these products through its global sales and distribution network.

With this decision regarding the joint venture, Mercury Marine will also offer its drives, riggings, engine control systems and propellers through these same distribution channels. Cummins will continue to use Mercury Marine drives and control systems in conjunction with its offering of mid-range and heavy-duty marine engines. Cummins said the move will leverage its Cummins' strong global distribution footprint and create additional synergy with other Cummins recreational marine products, including marine generator sets offered under the Cummins Onan brand.

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