Cummins Ltd. Director Awarded MBE


John Iain Barrowman, Cummins Vice President High Horsepower Operations and a senior Director of Cummins Ltd., has been awarded  an MBE in the New Year 2016 Honours List in recognition of his contribution to British Industry. Mr. Barrowman was appointed as a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) by the Queen following a recommendation submitted by the Prime Minister. The MBE investiture ceremony will take place at Buckingham Palace at a date to be advised.


Mr. Barrowman MBE has overseen the development of Cummins U.K. operations into a world-class centre of manufacturing excellence, enabling a major growth in export business which represented 78% of total sales in 2014. The British-built Cummins diesel engines, turbochargers and power generation systems accounted for over £1.6 billion in export sales out of a total sales of £2.3 billion.


“I am extremely honoured to receive the MBE, and also very proud to accept this recognition on behalf of everyone working at Cummins in the U.K.,” said Barrowman. “This prestigious award reflects the outstanding success that Cummins has achieved to continually improve our technology, enhance our quality and increase productivity to grow our business in worldwide markets.”


“Equally important to this success has been the focus we have placed on developing our people –  which has been highlighted with numerous awards for high quality training, diversity initiatives, apprenticeship and graduate schemes,” added Barrowman.


Mr. Barrowman began his career with Cummins in 1987 as Engine Plant Manager, and over the course of 29 years has managed increasingly important roles, currently serving as Vice President of the company’s worldwide manufacturing operations of High Horsepower Engines while based at the Daventry U.K. facility. Barrowman is a resident of Dunblane, Scotland.


Mr. Barrowman also serves as the senior Director of Cummins Ltd, and during his stewardship, the U.K. operations have seen a substantial growth in sales, from around £900 million in 2004 to £2.3 billion in 2014. Barrowman has also led initiatives to introduce a safer, more comfortable working environment and plays a key role in driving annual environmental challenges resulting in a reduced carbon footprint and increased waste recycling at Cummins facilities.


Cummins first overseas manufacturing operation was established in the U.K. back in 1957 and today Cummins Ltd. extends to 8 major facilities located across the country, employing around 5,000 people. The Cummins business operations have received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise on 14 occasions, the most coveted commercial award in the U.K.


These facilities include the Cummins Engine Plants in Darlington and Daventry, producing diesel engines with output ranging from 100 hp to 3500 hp. Diesel and gas power systems are manufactured by Cummins Power Generation located in Manston, Kent and at Stamford, Lincs. Turbochargers for diesel engines are manufactured in Huddersfield by Cummins Turbo Technologies. Remanufacturing of diesel engines and components takes place at the Cummins Diesel ReCon facility in Cumbernauld, Scotland.


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