Power technology giant pumps millions into site which employs 1,000 workers
International power technology manufacturing business, Cummins, has invested more than £20m in its Huddersfield base.
The company has refurbished its Turbocharger Plant, Research and Development Centre, renovated offices, and installed electric vehicle charging points.
These areas of the site were developed to help cut the carbon footprint of the facility, and ensure it remains a contemporary working space for the more than 1,000 employees who work there.
Cummins also plans to provide £800,000 worth of funding to build solar panels across the site.
The Cummins facility in Huddersfield has been operating for more than 70 years and is one of the largest employers in the town.
It designs, develops, produces and refurbishes turbochargers, which are used across the world in vehicles and machinery such as buses, trucks and construction equipment.
Cummins is working to cut the carbon footprint of its operations and products worldwide. As part of this, it is investing in the development of alternative air handling solutions for zero carbon powertrains such as hydrogen.
The business employs 73,600 worldwide and generated $28.1bn/£22.7bn in revenue last year.
Dr John Clark, executive director research & development, at Cummins in Huddersfield, said: “We are very proud of what we produce at this site, the innovative ideas we forge, and the talented team we support.
“We are excited to see how our recent investment in the site aids development and helps us reach our net zero ambitions.”
He said the Huddersfield facility had been happy to host the Mayor of West Yorkshire, Tracy Brabin, MP For Huddersfield, Barry Sheerman and Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Huddersfield, Harpreet Uppal, who visited the site to learn about how the business is working to support the region’s net zero ambitions.
Brabin said: “Our region has a strong and proud manufacturing history, and it’s vital we harness these strengths to create skilled, well-paid jobs as part of a greener, more sustainable future.
“We’re dedicated to working with partners like Cummins, across the public and the private sector, to build a Net Zero West Yorkshire by 2038.”
Sheerman said: “People think of Huddersfield as a university town, or perhaps traditionally a textile town, but the truth is that we’re a manufacturing and engineering town.
“It’s great to see Cummins maintaining and building on that history and investing in our town and our young people.”
Uppal added: “It was fantastic to see the newly upgraded Cummins site and meet some of the brilliant people that work there and are putting Huddersfield on the map as a thriving hub for innovation and manufacturing.”