Ausmarine is a South Pacific online publication focusing on the commercial marine sector in Australia and New Zealand and annually they have awards for Best Builders, Designers and Suppliers. The judging criteria is based on multiple factors such as: market success and annual new commercial boat builds (EG: which suppliers had greatest market share), quality of product and degree of service and after sales support and also customer feedback.
Cummins Onan South Pacific has retained its title from 2016 and 2017 and been awarded BEST GENERATOR SUPPLIER 2019. (Note: This category was not available in 2018)
“I often get asked, ‘why do Cummins Onan marine generators remain the preferred brand in the marine industry?’ And it comes down to several factors,” Randall Atkinson, Business Development Manager, South Pacific, told Ausmarine.
“Firstly, Onan has been consistent over time manufacturing a quality product, that’s extremely quiet and mechanics love working on them with there simple single side servicing. When Onan became part of Cummins in 1986, the strength of the two brands gave customers even further piece of mind. This year Onan celebrates 100 years since DW (David) Onan founded the Onan Company.
“And secondly, Cummins global after service support network is critical. There is no point if you have a quality product but it is not supported well post sale, not only within the South Pacific, but across the world given a lot of boats are transient.”
In recent years, Cummins Onan’s main focus on generator advancement has been to ensure they meet or exceed global emission standards. In 2019, the 40kW and above MDD series of generator models, which are powered by the John Deere family of engines, got spec advanced to ensure all 60hz models (40kW to 65kW) meet EPA marine Tier III emission regulations.