Many of the major original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that will showcase their latest products at Grain SA’s NAMPO Harvest Day 2019 from 14 to 17 May at Bothaville in the Free State are already key customers of Cummins’ engine technology. These range from international OEMs such as John Deere, Rostselmash and Apache Sprayers (Equipment Technologies) to local South African OEMs.
This means that, while Cummins itself is not exhibiting at NAMPO 2019, it will still have a significant behind-the-scenes presence, sales and earthmoving segment leader Bo Fu (Bob) reiterates. “As one of the biggest agricultural exhibitions in the Southern Hemisphere, NAMPO is an important platform for OEMs to launch new products, as well as to display their full product line-ups for the farming community.”
The agricultural industry falls under Cummins’ off-highway engine range, and represents one of its major growth areas at present. From engines and power units to gensets and filtration products such as oil, air, fuel, and lubricant filters, Cummins supplies its customers here with complete solutions. In addition, it offers full aftermarket support across the entire Africa and Middle East region.
“We have five branches in South Africa alone, and at least one branch or distributor in every African country where we are present. These all have technicians and an extensive spares stockholding on hand. This is a major advantage for us in the region, as not many other players have such an extensive footprint,” Fu notes.
“We supply engines to many agricultural OEMs that assemble their machines locally, with integration assistance from our application engineers in identifying and testing the correct engines required. We also stock engines locally for direct-replacement purposes for those OEMs who import equipment. Lastly, a major advantage for us in the region, and which gives our customers confidence in the brand, is our extensive technical back-up and support,” Fu explains.