The two US marine propulsion companies have announced a new joint venture to produce diesel outdrives and engines

Cummins Marine, a division of Colombus, US-based Cummins Inc and Mercury Marine, have announced the formation of a 50/50 joint venture to supply integrated diesel propulsion systems to the worldwide recreational and commercial marine markets. The official announcement was made today at a press conference at the Miami Boat Show.

The joint venture, known as Cummins MerCruiser Diesel Marine LLC will be headquartered in a new facility in Charleston, South Carolina, and will employ around 120 people.

Under the agreement Cummins will supply diesel engines of 15 litres and below including certain electronic displays and other hardware. Mercury will supply the Mercury 1.7, 2.8, 4.2 and 7.3 litre diesel engines, drive units for stern drive applications and its SmartCraft electronic integration hardware. The president of the new company will be Scott Patrohay, former general manager Cummins Marine.