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New Partners: Mercury Marine and Cummins Marine
By Capt. Ken Kreisler — June 2002
During the 2002 Miami International Boat Show, Mercury Marine and Cummins Marine announced they were forming a 50-50 joint venture, known as Cummins MerCruiser Diesel Marine, to supply integrated diesel propulsion systems to the worldwide recreational and commercial marine markets.
The agreement states that Cummins will supply diesel engines of 15 liters and below, including certain electronic displays and other hardware. Mercury will supply its 1.7-, 2.8-, 4.2-, and 7.3-liter diesel engines, drive units for stern drive applications, and its SmartCraft electronic integration hardware.
Scott Patrohay, Cummins' general manager, was named president of the joint venture. "Cummins MerCruiser Diesel Marine will create a new level of customer value from helm to prop by combining our leadership in these markets," he says.
"Partnering with Mercury Marine presents an opportunity to provide completely integrated vessel propulsion, power generation, control and information systems...combined with the global support capabilities of Cummins and Mercury Marine to offer a unique opportunity for a very successful business from day one," says Joe Loughrey, executive vice-president and president of Cummins' Engine Business Unit. Cummins MerCruiser Diesel Marine will be headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina.
Patrick Mackey, president of Mercury Marine, shares Loughrey's sentiments. "A unique set of competencies is required to be successful in the diesel marine propulsion business, and this partnership is positioned to excel in this business," he explains.
Cummins will retain its current high-horsepower commercial marine and auxiliary power business, while Mercury will retain its traditional gasoline engine propulsion business.
This article originally appeared in the February 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.