Cummins Incorporated, a global power leader, has partnered the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology (KNUST), Accra Polytechnic and the Accra Technical Training Centre to train Ghanaian engineering students.
Tom Linebarger, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the company, who recently visited Ghana in the company of other executives, made this known at a meeting with the media in Accra.
According to him, the company has updated its Africa strategy to increase the sale of its products to about $100 million by 2020 in Ghana.
It is for this reason that Cummins has employed about 93 people in Ghana and positioned them across all the 10 regions of Ghana.
Additionally, he indicated that the company intends to employ more people, this year.
Cummins, which operates 25 facilities in Africa, has more than 1,000 employees and annual sales of approximately $264 million.
Other senior executives that accompanied the COO were Pamela Carter, president, Cummins Distribution; Tony Satterthwaite, president, Cummins, Power Generation; Brady Southwick, Executive Director, Cummins Africa, Carl Ware and Dr Franklin Chang-Diaz, directors.
“Cummins is working to progress our Africa strategy in Ghana, helping to transform potential into opportunity for the businesses and communities we serve,” Mr Linebarger noted.
He said Ghana and West Africa held significant promise as a market for Cummins, adding that the company aims to become market leaders by delivering products and services tailored made products to the unique needs of the sub-region.
West Africa is an important business centre for Cummins with a potential market of close to US$1 billion.
In a little more than two years, Cummins has grown from providing diesel generators to the mining industry to a full service supplier, including filtration and power generation solutions.
Cummins’s business has expanded rapidly, initially in Ghana, and countries such as Liberia, Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso.
By Samuel Boadi