Tognum Aiken To Grow
Tognum has announced another significant expansion to its MTU plant in Aiken, S.C. With an investment of $22.5 million, the company will enhance its Research and Development Center with the addition of two new test cells for large off-highway diesel engines.
“The expansion of our MTU Aiken Plant is part of our global growth strategy to invest in our plants and in R&D,” said Tognum CEO Dr. Ulrich Dohle. “In the medium term, the plant expansion enables us to prepare for the planned volume growth.”
Construction of the new engine test cells is scheduled to begin next month. It is anticipated that the project will be completed by March, 2015. The investment, which will be made with the support of Aiken County, S.C., follows Tognum’s earlier commitment of $40 million for construction of the Research and Development Center, which officially opened in April.
The company’s ongoing plans to increase its footprint in North America have resulted in an overall investment of approximately $100 million in Aiken County since 2010. The company also maintains facilities and offices throughout the U.S., and is in the midst of an international plant expansion program.
“This new expansion project will enable us to enhance our engine development capabilities and will result in the completion of one of the most advanced diesel engine development facilities in North America,” said Joerg Klisch, vice president of North American operations, Tognum America Inc.
The Research and Development Center will be used for development of future versions of MTU Series 2000 and Series 4000 off-highway diesel engines.