The huge campus on Yarm Road employs around 1,900 people in engine assembly, exhaust aftertreatment manufacturing, technical operations and business support.
The company has pledged its future to the city, but demand in such a large global market is volatile and dependent on so many factors that it has had to enter into talks with union Unite about “realigning operational capacity”, and The Echo understands this that this could be the case. More than 120 roles are being discussed.
A Cummins spokesperson told The Northern Echo: “Due to difficult economic conditions and a decline in demand, the Cummins Darlington engine plant is proposing to realign operational capacity to meet customer demand. The operational changes are subject to consultation and may put some roles at risk of redundancy.
“This is disappointing and we understand this is a worrying time for those affected. We work closely with UNITE and support our colleagues. Cummins values the contributions of our employees, who are critical to the company’s success. We remain committed to our commitment to Darlington and the community.”
Cummins has been producing in Darlington since 1965.
In 2021, 66,000 engines were produced at Darlington, and in January 2022 the factory celebrated a historic milestone: its 1.5 millionth mid-size engine.
With a power range of 75 to 430 horsepower, Cummins’ ultra-clean, low-emission engines power a wide range of truck, bus, construction, agricultural, material handling, military, marine and power generation applications around the world.