The CPCBIV+ certified engines emphasise on lowering carbon footprints
Please highlight any specific product launches or developments Perkins is currently undertaking?
The most exciting development for us is the launch of the CPCBIV+ certified engines. This aligns with India’s upcoming emission norms, and we are proud to introduce a brand-new product in response to this regulation. The 18.1-litre engine, unveiled on the inauguration day of Excon, reflects our commitment to sustainability and cleaner emissions.

The 2806FA-E18TAG1 platform provides excellent cold load acceptance and meets ISO 8528-5 class G2 performance. Steady state stability at constant speed and load achieves ISO8528-5 class G3 performance. This performance makes the 2806FA ideally suited to a wide range of electric power applications. From a stationary prime source of power to a mobile unit serving the rental sector, the 2806FA performs seamlessly, generating dependable power for everything from jobsites to critical installations including hospitals and data centres.

What trends are you currently observing in the industry, and how does Perkins align with these trends?
The CPCBIV+ is in line with the government’s emphasis on lowering carbon footprints. As technology advances, we understand the need for cleaner energy and emissions. This new engine reduces emissions by almost 50 per cent, covering particulate matter, NOx, and more. We are continually upgrading our products to align with such trends.

The CPCBIV+ signifies a significant reduction in emissions, approximately 50 per cent. Achieving this requires structural and design changes, emphasising cleaner emissions through robust after-treatment processes in the exhaust pipeline.

Can you share insights into Perkins’ approach to technology and R&D, including annual investments?
I can’t disclose specific investment figures. Perkins, being a global company, allocates resources for R&D across various regions. Our focus is on adapting and developing products for different markets. The CPCBIV+ certified engines, for instance, will be manufactured in India, near Bengaluru, with production starting in April 2024.

How does Perkins address the challenges posed by evolving regulations and technologies in the industry?
Perkins has a rich history of navigating emission norms, from CPCB-I to CPCBIV+. This requires extensive R&D efforts, and our global expertise allows us to bring advanced technology to India. We understand the challenges, and our continuous innovation reflects our commitment to meeting and exceeding regulatory standards.

Can you shed light on Perkins’ market share and its position in the industry?
While I don’t have the exact market share figures, I can confidently say that Perkins is growing. Our manufacturing facilities are busy fulfilling orders, and our products are making their mark in over 76 countries. The industry’s positive response indicates our upward trajectory.

Could you elaborate on Perkins’ broader involvement in the energy solutions sector, considering the shift towards electric power and alternative fuels?
Perkins is more than an engine manufacturer; we are a complete energy solutions provider. Our tagline—Together, we power ahead—reflects our focus on sustainability. We are exploring various options, including batteries, hydrogen, and hydrotreated vegetable oil, to cater to diverse energy needs.

Looking ahead, how was 2023 for Perkins, and what are the plans for 2024?
The year 2023 was a fantastic year for us, marked by significant growth in consumption and infrastructure. The CPCBIV+ launch played a pivotal role. Moving into 2024, we anticipate continued growth, with our manufacturing facilities already booked with orders for this year and the next. Our export business is thriving, reaching more than 76 countries.