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Written by Anand   
Thursday, 11 September 2008
Pune: Cummins Generator Technologies (CGT) India's new alternator manufacturing facility at Ranjangaon (near Pune) is the first truly "green" manufacturing plant in Cummins. It incorporates an impressive list of sustainable features that minimize impact on the environment.

“For us in corporate life, ‘lean’ is a business compulsion, but ‘green’ is societal obligation” says Pradeep Bhargava, Managing Director, CGT – India.

“If long-term sustainability is a question mark in the context of climate and environment changes, it has to be addressed wholeheartedly by industry as a key member of civic society. Hence we took this as part of our social responsibility – one of the key values of our organization.”

“Cummins is committed to reducing the impact of its operations on the environment” said Mark Dhennin, Director of Health, Safety & Environment, Power Generation Business Unit. “At CGT India, it was a great experience to be able to start from scratch to design and build an environmentally advanced manufacturing plant. We are extremely proud of the team that made this facility possible.”

“I think this new facility at Ranjangaon will make a new bench mark within the Cummins family and hopefully a benchmark within the industry” stated Mr Anant Talaulicar Chairman and Managing Director, Cummins ABO, India.

Inaugurated in January 2008, the facility will employ 700 people and will have an installed capacity of 75,000 alternators per year by end of 2008. Built over an area of 11 acres, the plant is set to be a landmark in industrial innovation. From the 3000 trees planted on the campus to the eco-friendly materials used in construction; the innovation solutions for energy conservation to the water harvesting and recycling systems – every aspect reflects CGT’s concern for environmental conservation.

Over the first 10 years of operation, the facility is expected to save over 14 million kW of electricity and avoid over 14,500 tons of carbon dioxide emissions. That’s the equivalent of removing 274 cars from the road.

Some of the highlights of the CGT plant at Ranjangaon include:

Energy & Atmosphere
- Wind tower provides natural ventilation, reducing ambient temperatures for the shop floor, and reduced heat load for office air conditioning
- Efficient use of natural daylight
- Automated building management system to control pump operation, and localized occupancy sensors & dimmers to adjust lighting

Materials & Resources

- Use of high efficiency glass for windows and skylights
- Use of recycled fly-ash for building bricks
- Low VOC-content paints, coatings, adhesives & sealants
- CFC-free air conditioning
- Wormiculture – to decompose food waste and garden waste

Water Efficiency

- High efficiency fixtures and toilets in restrooms
- Rain water harvesting - Rain water runoff is collected, filtered and allowed to percolate, recharging ground water levels
- Treated ‘gray water’ from sinks and canteen used for landscape irrigation

Sustainable site planning
- Building designed to fit the hilly site, minimizing the need for excavation and land filling
- Landscaping designed to reduce irrigation need by 50%, and to control storm water runoff
- Extensive tree plantation to offset carbon emissions from factory operations – over 3000 trees planted
- Outdoor lighting designed to minimize night light pollution

Cummins Generator Technologies India Limited (formerly Newage Electrical India Ltd) is the recognised market leader in brushless A. C. Generators (Alternators). Established in 1991, the Company has consistently set new standards of quality and business excellence.

The market perceives 'STAMFORD Alternators'(brand name of the products manufactured by CGT) as a premium quality product. The Company has won several prestigious awards including the Rajiv Gandhi National Quality Award and Golden Peacock National Quality Award.

CGT India experienced unprecedented growth in the business - selling 13,000 alternators in the 2003 to selling 50,000 alternators in the year 2007 from the existing facility at Ahmednagar.

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