Fuel-efficient, emissions-compliant Kohler diesel engines enter production for telescopic forklift
KOHLER, Wis. - Sept. 11, 2013 - Kohler® Engines and Italy-based Lombardini - a Kohler® Company, has begun manufacturing its KDI engines for British construction equipment company JCB. The JCB agreement is one of numerous partnerships underway to incorporate Kohler's newest heavy-duty diesel engines into a variety of applications in the construction, commercial, industrial, agricultural, and material-handling markets.
The 1.9 Liter and 2.5 Liter engines, which meet Tier 4 Final and Stage IIIB emissions standards, are turbo-charged with four valves per cylinder, and use a high pressure common-rail direct injection system, cooled exhaust gas recirculation and diesel oxygenated catalyst to provide optimum performance and fuel efficiency.
"Kohler is proud to be appointed as JCB's engine supply partner," said Tom Cromwell, president of Kohler Engines. "As a result of Kohler's significant investment in diesel innovation and technology, our compact KDI engines meet stringent EU Stage IIIB and EPA Tier 4 Final emission regulations without the use of a diesel particulate filter (DPF) while delivering significant fuel savings for JCB customers."
Lombardini's Reggio Emilia plant is producing four engine models for JCB for numerous construction applications. JCB unveiled its telescopic forklift (JCB 35D 4x4 Teletruk) with the KDI engine at the RWM waste management show in Birmingham this week.
"This partnership makes us proud of our engineering associates who contributed to this important achievement," said Giuseppe Bava, managing director at Lombardini. "The KDI engine meets new emission levels without a DPF and benefits manufacturers, which will be able to use a more compact engine, and the end consumer, who will benefit from a reduction in fuel consumption and operating costs. The high-performance specifications for both torque and power density also makes the KDI the new reference for higher displacement engines."
About Kohler Engines and Lombardini
Located in Wisconsin and one of the largest private companies in the United States, Kohler engages in a wide gamut of business activities, from gasoline engines to power generators, from kitchen and bathroom products, to interiors, hospitality, and to golf courses. Lombardini joined the energy division called Global Power Group in 2007. The company is the world's third largest producer of diesel engines up to 50 kW and the leader in its market segment, which has contributed significantly to the growth of the Group. Synergies and integrations have distinguished this mutually beneficial association. Kohler produces and distributes single and two-cylinder gasoline engines with power ratings of up to 30 kW worldwide. On the U.S. market, it is one of the best known names for engines used in numerous applications, especially in the Lawn and Garden sector. Lombardini produces and distributes a line of single and multi-cylinder diesel engines with power ratings of to 50 kW for equipping machines in a number of sectors (agricultural, industrial, electrical, building construction, automotive and marine).
The strong presence of each company in its respective market (Kohler in the United States and Lombardini in Europe, with four branch business offices in France, Spain, Germany and the UK) combined with the companies' interest in developing markets, are laying the groundwork for the widespread distribution of the product at an international level.
To learn more, please visit www.lombardini.it or www.KohlerEngines.com
About Kohler Co.
Founded in 1873 and headquartered in Kohler, Wis., KOHLER Co. is one of America's oldest and largest privately held companies. KOHLER is a global leader in the manufacture of kitchen and bath products, engines and power generation systems, cabinetry, tile and home interiors, and an international host to award-winning hospitality and world-class golf destinations