Cummins has partnered with a college in Melbourne as part of a program to develop the future generation of apprentices.

The new Trade Training Centre at Point Cook Senior Secondary College in Melbourne is equipped with diesel engines and other equipment donated by Cummins.

“Our aim is to influence the career pathways of students and recruit some of these students directly to Cummins’ apprentice program,” says Kate Evans, apprentice program manager at the Cummins Laverton branch in Melbourne.

Cummins South Pacific staff in front of the plaque recognising Cummins Australia pioneer Clarrie Malvern. From left: Neil Kinder (technician) Fallon Te Paa (intern), Leigh Travis (3rd year mechanical apprentice), Rachael Reinheimer (manager – marketing and events), Mick Cristaldi (branch manager – Laverton), Penelope Walter (director – workplace and community environment), Vicki Pafumi (corporate responsibility contractor), Matt Smakman (4th year mechanical apprentice), Kate Evans (apprentice program manager).

Cummins South Pacific staff in front of the plaque recognising Cummins Australia pioneer Clarrie Malvern. From left: Neil Kinder (technician) Fallon Te Paa (intern), Leigh Travis (3rd year mechanical apprentice), Rachael Reinheimer (manager – marketing and events), Mick Cristaldi (branch manager – Laverton), Penelope Walter (director – workplace and community environment), Vicki Pafumi (corporate responsibility contractor), Matt Smakman (4th year mechanical apprentice), Kate Evans (apprentice program manager).

Cummins employs over 200 apprentices in the South Pacific region and considers the new Trade Training Centre vital to encouraging apprentices to the industry.

The diesel engines donated by Cummins – one of which is a fully operational training module – are housed in the Trade Training Centre’s heavy diesel training room named after the late Clarrie Malvern, a Cummins pioneer in Australia.

Malvern’s career with Cummins spanned 1955-1984 during which time he established the foundations for Cummins’ outstanding service support network in Australia which remains the benchmark in the diesel engine industry today.

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The Cummins Power app has been launched by Cummins South Pacific, placing a variety of information at the fingertips of its on-highway truck engine customers in Australia and New Zealand. Available for use with Apple iPhone and Android operating systems, the Cummins Power app is a valuable resource for customers and drivers wanting branch and dealer locations and routing to these locations, 24/7 access to the Cummins Support Centre, warranty information and engine fault code search and definitions.   Power app “The app can be used as a service locator, finding the nearest Cummins branch or dealer to the vehicle location and then using the phone’s mapping function for routing to the facility,” says Nick Gorgievski who was behind development of the app as a member of the Cummins South Pacific service operations team. Read the rest of this entry »


Andrew Penca
has been appointed managing director and general manager of leading heavy-duty diesel engine supplier Cummins South Pacific.

Cummins South Pacific, which operates close to 40 sales and service facilities in Australia, New Zealand and PNG, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cummins Inc., the world’s largest independent manufacturer of diesel engines.

Penca joined Cummins Inc. in the USA in late 2007 as assistant to the president and COO, a role in which he led a number of key strategy and operations-related projects.

He then moved to Cummins’ largest heavy-duty on-highway diesel engine production facility, Jamestown Engine Plant (New York), where he became assembly and materials operations director and led operations excellence process improvements. Read the rest of this entry »

The latest issue of Cummins Commentary features a story on Australia’s largest cotton producer, Cubbie Station, which has switched to the Cummins QSK19 for longevity and fuel economy in its irrigation pumping operations. There’s a host of other stories on customers in mining, trucking, marine, and rail plus a flashback to the Cummins Diesel Special, one of the world’s most famous race cars.

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The latest issue of Cummins Mining magazine features a host of equipment info from four Australian mine sites, including how the first Hitachi EX8000 backhoe excavator in the world – powered by dual Cummins QSK60 Tier 2 engines – is performing at Meandu coal mine in south east Queensland.

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