Chinese locomotive manufacturer CNR Dalian and its local South African Consortium orders 232 MTU Series 4000 engines from Rolls-Royce

  • 232 engines for freight locomotives produced by China’s CNR Dalian
  • Engines for use in South African freight transportation
  • Delivery expected from 2015 to 2017

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, GERMANY, 27-1-2015 — /EuropaWire/ — Rolls-Royce has received a major order from Chinese locomotive manufacturer CNR Dalian (CNR) and its local South African Consortium (CNRRSSA) for the delivery of a total of 232 MTU Series 4000 engines.

The engines are to be installed in new freight locomotives for South African operator Transnet Freight Rail. The total contract value is in the range of €100m. The MTU brand is part of Rolls-Royce Power Systems within the Land & Sea division of Rolls-Royce.

“We are proud to be supplying MTU’s most powerful locomotive engine for one of the largest transport infrastructure projects in South Africa,” said Dr Ulrich Dohle, CEO at Rolls-RoycePower Systems.

Dr Michael Haidinger, CSO at Rolls-Royce Power Systems, added: “Winning this order signals our breakthrough into the market for Chinese freight locomotives, which are being exported in ever larger quantities.”

The type 20V 4000 R63L engines each have an output of 3,300 kilowatts and, as uprated variants of the Series 4000 R43/R53 engines, are the most powerful MTU locomotive engines. CNR is scheduled to receive the engines between 2015 and 2017. The first 20 engines will be produced in Friedrichshafen and delivered directly to CNR. The remaining engines will be delivered to subsidiary MTU South Africa for final assembly, testing and preparation. MTU South Africa is planning additional assembly capacity to carry out this extra activity.

The order for the 232 MTU engines is part of one of the largest infrastructure measures in South Africa’s history: state-owned freight and logistics company Transnet Freight Rail is modernizing its fleet of freight locomotives.

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About Rolls-Royce Holdings plc

  1. Rolls-Royce’s vision is to create better power for a changing world via two main business segments, Aerospace and Land & Sea. These business segments address markets with two strong technology platforms, gas turbines and reciprocating engines.
  2. Aerospace comprises Civil Aerospace and Defence Aerospace. Land & Sea com­prises Marine, Nuclear and Power Systems (RRPS). Rolls-Royce Power Systems is headquartered in Friedrichshafen in southern Germany and employs around 11,000 people. The product portfolio includes MTU-brand high-speed engines and propulsion systems for ships, power generation, heavy land, rail and defence vehicles and for the oil and gas industry. Under the MTU Onsite Energy brand, the company markets diesel gensets for emergency, base load and peak load applications as well as cogeneration plants using gas engines for the combined generation of heat and power. Bergen medium-speed engines power ships and power generation appli­cations. L’Orange completes the portfolio with fuel injection systems for large engines.
  3. Rolls-Royce has customers in more than 120 countries, comprising more than 380 airlines and leasing customers, 160 armed forces, 4,000 marine customers, including 70 navies, and 1,200 power and nuclear customers.
  4. Our business is focused on the 4Cs:
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    • Cost – continually looking to increase efficiency.
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  5. Annual underlying revenue was £15.5 billion in 2013, around half of which came from the provision of aftermarket services. The firm and announced order book stood at £70.4 billion at 30 June 2014.
  6. In 2013, Rolls-Royce invested £1.1 billion on research and development. We also support a global network of 31 University Technology Centres, which position Rolls-Royce engineers at the forefront of scientific research.
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Chinese locomotive manufacturer CNR Dalian and its local South African Consortium orders 232 MTU Series 4000 engines from Rolls-Royce

Chinese locomotive manufacturer CNR Dalian and its local South African Consortium orders 232 MTU Series 4000 engines from Rolls-Royce

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