Force Mo­tors to pro­duce Rolls-Royce en­gines in In­dia

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Fol­low­ing, man­u­fac­tur­ing en­gines for Mercedes-Benz and BMW au­to­mo­biles sold in In­dia, Force Mo­tors has now en­tered into a joint ven­ture with Rolls-Royce Power Sys­tems AG. The joint ven­ture com­pany, Force MTU Power Sys­tems Pvt. Ltd., will have Force Mo­tors holds 51% stake and Rolls-Royce Pow­ers Sys­tems the re­main­ing. With an in­vest­ment of Rs 300 crore (in pro­por­tion to the re­spec­tive stakes of the 2 part­ners), the joint ven­ture will man­u­fac­ture the Se­ries 1600 en­gine fam­ily of Rolls-Royce with a power out­put from 545 hp to 10,150 hp at a ded­i­cated fa­cil­ity to be set up at Chakan, Pune.

Ex­pected to go on stream in the third quar­ter of 2019, ac­cord­ing to Prasan Firo­dia, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Force Mo­tors, the ded­i­cated man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­ity for the Se­ries 1600 en­gine fam­ily, equipped with nearly all core func­tions need to carry out se­rial pro­duc­tion, will con­form to the man­u­fac­tur­ing stan­dards set by Rolls-Royce. Claimed to be a world leader in en­gines and propul­sion sys­tems, and dis­trib­uted power gen­er­a­tion plants, Rolls-Royce Power Sys­tems AG de­vel­ops and pro­duces high-speed en­gines and propul­sion sys­tems un­der the MTU brand for ships and heavy land ap­pli­ca­tions, and rail and de­fense ve­hi­cles. The drive sys­tems man­u­fac­tured by MTU find use in the oil and gas in­dus­try, and in power gen­er­a­tion.

Trac­ing its roots to en­gines built by Wil­helm May­bach and his son Karl May­bach, known as builders of some of the finest mo­tors ever, MTU has a long tra­di­tion in the de­vel­op­ment and man­u­fac­ture of en­gines. Head­quar­tered at Friedrichshafen, Ger­many, MTU em­ploys over 10,000 peo­ple world­wide. Of the 10,000 peo­ple MTU em­ploys the world over, some 60 are in­stru­men­tal in the man­u­fac­ture of Se­ries 1600 en­gine fam­ily in Ger­many cur­rently, ac­cord­ing to An­dreas Schell, Pres­i­dent and CEO of Rolls-Royce Power Sys­tems AG.

When the pro­duc­tion shifts to Pune, In­dia will be a global man­u­fac­tur­ing hub for Se­ries 1600 en­gine fam­ily, the 60 em­ploy­ees will be ab­sorbed in other busi­ness ar­eas of the com­pany, Schell said. Terming the joint ven­ture with Force Mo­tors as a sig­nif­i­cant de­vel­op­ment he said, “In Force Mo­tors, we have found a re­li­able part­ner whose

ex­cel­lent pro­duc­tion qual­ity is proven by decades of ex­pe­ri­ence in build­ing en­gines for pre­mium au­to­mo­tive brands.” De­scrib­ing the move as the one which will of­fer a dis­tinct cost ad­van­tage, Schell said that the Se­ries 1600 en­gine fam­ily meets the norms in the mar­kets that it is sup­plied to.

De­scrib­ing the Se­ries 1600 en­gine fam­ily as state-of-the-art, Firo­dia said that they are look­ing at a rev­enue of Rs.1000 crore in a few years af­ter pro­duc­tion be­gins. He stressed on the ap­pli­ca­tion suit­abil­ity of the Se­ries 1600 en­gines for power gen­er­a­tion, and rail un­der­floor ap­pli­ca­tions in par­tic­u­lar.

“The en­gines, apart from those that are ap­pli­ca­tion-ready for gensets, will be ex­ported to Ger­many. There, Rolls-Royce will adapt them for di­verse ap­pli­ca­tions. The genset ap­pli­ca­tion en­gines of the Se­ries 1600 en­gine fam­ily will cater to the In­dian and global needs. En­gines sup­plied to cus­tomers in In­dia, Nepal and Sri Lanka will carry the ‘Force - MTU’ brand. In other mar­kets of the world, the genset ap­pli­ca­tion Se­ries 1600 en­gines will be mar­keted un­der the ‘MTU On­site En­ergy’ brand,“he said.

To con­tinue to have the MTU brand, the In­dian joint ven­ture, for sup­ply of genset ap­pli­ca­tion en­gines to do­mes­tic con­sumers, and those in Nepal and Sri Lanka, will de­velop an ef­fi­cient net­work. The In­dian joint ven­ture will also lever­age the ex­per­tise of Force Mo­tors to drive lo­cal­i­sa­tion. The aim, said Schell, is to achieve high lev­els of lo­cal­i­sa­tion with­out com­pro­mis­ing on qual­ity.

Stat­ing that over 20,000 Se­ries 1600 en­gines have been sold, Schell in­formed that there has been a triple digit de­mand for these en­gines since the pro­duc­tion started in 2009. A com­mon­rail turbo-diesel en­gine with an in­di­vid­ual cylin­der pis­ton ca­pac­ity of 1.75-litre, the Se­ries 1600 en­gine fam­ily com­prises one six-cylin­der in-line en­gine model, and V-en­gine mod­els with eight, ten and twelve cylin­der con­fig­u­ra­tion that cover a dis­place­ment range of 10.5 to 21-litres.

The mod­u­lar de­sign of the Se­ries 1600 en­gine fam­ily marks the in­te­gra­tion of spe­cial sub-as­sem­blies, and comes with im­pres­sive load ap­pli­ca­tion ca­pa­bil­i­ties. Tap­ping de­vel­op­ments in three core ar­eas of tur­bocharg­ing, in­jec­tion and elec­tron­ics, the Se­ries 1600 en­gine fam­ily is ef­fi­cient and ca­pa­ble of com­ply­ing with strin­gent emis­sion reg­u­la­tions like 97/68/EC for Europe EPA 40 CFR 89 or 40 CFR 1039 in the US, and EPA Tier 2 (> 560 kW) or Tier 3 (< 560 kW).

An­dreas Schell, Pres­i­dent and CEO Rolls-Royce Power Sys­tems Pvt. Ltd and Prasan Firo­dia, MD, Force Mo­tors Ltd. at the an­nounce­ment of the Joint Ven­ture

Rolls-Royce 6 Se­ries 1600 en­gine

The Se­ries 1600 en­gine is elec­tron­i­cally gov­erned and meets the rel­e­vant emis­sion stan­dards in the mar­kets that it is in.

Tur­bocharg­ing is one of the three core tech­nolo­gies the Se­ries 1600 en­gine fam­ily taps into for an ef­fi­cient, clean and re­li­able op­er­a­tion.

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