Craig Thomas, Darlington Plant Manager said, “Our workforce has been through many challenges over the years, none more than the current COVID pandemic. This milestone is a great achievement and a recognition of all of their efforts to keep engine production running and our customers supported.”
The Darlington factory opened in 1965, originally building the Small Vee family of V6 and V8 diesel engines. In 1985 production switched to the Mid-Range engines following an upgrade costing £13.5 million. The Mid-Range engines are the B and C Series products, the forerunners of the ultra-clean low emission products manufactured today. Spanning a range of 56 320kW, they power a wide range truck, bus, construction, agriculture, material handling, military, marine and power generation applications around the world.
“The 1.5 millionth engine is destined for Hyundai Construction Equipment in South Korea, who has been an important partner of our off-highway business for over 30 years. This reflects the global nature of our business, as we supply products to customers in over 50 countries from Darlington,” added Thomas.