MTU Begins Assembly Of Engines In China

Posted on June 26, 2006

A year after the foundation stone was laid for the MTU Group's new facility in the Chinese city of Suzhou, the company has started local assembly of MTU Series 2000 diesel engines. The newly constructed facility is located in Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP) around 100 km northwest of Shanghai and the gen-sets assembled there, exclusively for the Chinese market, are earmarked for service in decentralized power generation plants.

"Our commitment in China is another major step in the internationalization of our company", emphasized Volker Heuer, chairman of the MTU Group. "Local assembly of our products at the new facility will positively influence our relationship with our customers and business partners as well as safeguarding employment at the Friedrichshafen location at the same time."

The initial decision on the Suzhou investment was made in 1995 and led, in 1996, to the foundation of MTU Engineering (Suzhou) Co., Ltd. which has provided marketing and after-sales support for MTU applications in China until now. The actual investment for the assembly facility for MTU Engineering (Suzhou) Co., Ltd. was made by MTU Asia Pte Ltd, Singapore, a wholly-owned subsidiary which is also headquarters of the Sales Region Asia/Pacific.

Local assembly of engines in Suzhou includes the V12, V16 and V18- cylinder versions of MTU's Series 2000 engines. In the medium term, up to 30% of the engine components will be supplied by local companies, MTU said. Apart from its engine assembly facilities, the MTU site in Suzhou also accommodates testing and maintenance plant, a fully integrated service workshop, a training center and a parts store together with the necessary logistic structures - and the Suzhou Industrial Park provides MTU with access to a highly-developed infrastructure directly on-site.