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Does Ford Own Cummins, Allison Transmission, Caterpillar?

Does Ford own Cummins
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Does Ford own Cummins

It’s a rather common misconception that Cummins allegedly belongs to Ford. Cummins Inc. is a world leader in the design, manufacture, sales and service of diesel engines under the same brand name, including fuel system components, oil filtration systems, fuel filtration systems and intake air systems.

The corporation was founded in 1919 as Cummins Engine Company. The name of the company was inherited from its founder, Clessie Lyle Cummins. Clessie Cummins was a visionary and was able to see the enormous potential of the technical device, which two decades earlier invented the German engineer of French origin Rudolf Diesel. Today, this machine is known as an internal combustion engine, in honour of its creator.

Ford and Cummins history

The fact that the Cummins supposedly belongs to Ford might have appeared when Ford had a minority interest in Cummins’ stock. Also, Cummins had provided engines to Ford which can also lead to that common misconception.  For some time you could buy a F650/F750 medium duty truck with a Cummins diesel installed by the factory. There were Cummins diesels installed in Ford medium duty platforms along with the Power Stroke and a Caterpillar for a number of years. The most interesting thing is that Cummins Turbodiesel was the one diesel engine installed in the 2011-2015 F650/F750.

However, in 2013 Cummins gave the true version of events by saying that 10.8% of the diesel engine manufacturer that were bought by Ford in 1990, were bought back by Cummins. Since then, there have not been any financial ties between these two companies.

Does Ford own Allison transmission?

Allison Company is widely known as the world leader in the production of automatic transmissions.

However, little known fact is that up to the end of the Second World War this company did not produce such transmissions. But it was well known as a manufacturer of aircraft and marine engines.

When James Allison founded the Speedway Team Company in 1915, it was engaged in car development, and also served the race track Indianapolis 500.

And with the beginning of the First World War, the company began to work for the U.S. Army and allies – it produced tracked tractors and tank components: compressors, gearboxes, tracks. In 1926, General Director and Chief Engineer Norman Gilman developed steel bearings with bronze sliding layer for aircraft engines.

They are still used by the most famous companies, such as Pratt & Whitney and Rolls-Royce. In the 30s Allison became a part of the General Motors Empire of General Motors, where it continued the development of engine construction. Having accumulated extensive experience in military equipment Allison switched to the production of commercial transmissions. It happened not earlier than after the war.

As it is clear from the history of the company, Ford does not own Allison transmission. Allison transmissions are offered in the F650/F750 models and that is it.

Does Ford own Caterpillar?

Caterpillar is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of specialized equipment for mining, construction, transportation and other industries. A wide range of other products is also available under the Cat® brand.

The corporation has over 480 divisions, which are located in 50 different countries on all continents except Antarctica. The company is headquartered in the United States.

  • The predecessor of Caterpillar was Stockton Wheel Company, which was founded by the Holt brothers in 1883 in California. The company specialized in the production of agricultural machinery.
  • This company began producing combine harvesters in 1886.
  • And in 1904, the company developed and put on sale its first profitable tracked tractor. That is where the company got its name from. Even before World War I, American Caterpillar tractors were exported to Mexico, Canada and Argentina, and soon supplies were established to France, Britain and Russia. 
  • In 1925, the company merged with one of its main competitors – C.L. Best Gas Tractor. This merger resulted in the Caterpillar Tractor Company. 
  • In 1985, there began a large-scale modernization of Caterpillar, which lasted until 1993 and cost the corporation 1.8 billion dollars. In 1986, the company changed its name to Caterpillar Inc.
  • In 2000, the factory of this manufacturer was opened in Russia, and the corporation also acquired enterprises in Australia, Italy, India and the UK.

Nowadays, Caterpillar company continues to expand its production bases, improve the range of equipment and to expand the network of official dealers, which makes it one of the world leaders in the production of special equipment. The misconception that Ford owns Caterpillar has a long history behind it. Firstly, Navistar Company entered into a joint development business with Caterpillar. They offered a project (which was a direct injection system) that was acquired by Ford. Since then Ford Company has been associated with Caterpillar. But in fact, it is Cummins Company that owns Caterpillar, not Ford, since Caterpillar incorporated its manufacturing and design base with Cummins a long time ago.

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