MAN successfully expands external engine business

MAN Nutzfahrzeuge has secured three orders in the rail industry to supply 3,200 engines worth hundreds of millions. The engines are to be delivered from next year onward until 2020. This allows MAN Nutzfahrzeuge to systematically expand its external engine business further.

French train maker Alstom relies on MAN engines to run its new Coradia Polyvalent railcar with diesel-electric drive. French rail operator SNCF will employ the train in France, with the first set to be completed in 2011. French rolling stock manufacturer Socofer is replacing the old drives in its switchers with MAN's eco-friendly diesel engines. SNCF's upgraded rail vehicles, of which there are around 500, will be put into service starting from the end of 2010.

MAN Nutzfahrzeuge has concluded a cooperation agreement with Voith Turbo to jointly develop an 8-cylinder V engine. Start of production is planned for the middle of next year. The basis will be an industrial engine from the latest V-engine generation that MAN developed which meets requirements in rail applications. Voith Turbo will assume design-related, thermodynamic and combustion-engined adaptation of the engine to special rail traffic requirements. The agreement initially provides for the supply of 700 engines.

“These orders show that our cost-effective and reliable engines are also very popular among customers outside the commercial vehicles industry,” said Reiner Rössner, who has been responsible for external sales of MAN engines and components since October 1 of this year.

MAN Nutzfahrzeuge will produce a total of around 70,000 engines in the Nuremberg plant this year. The external engine business, including maritime and stationary applications, currently accounts for more than 10 percent of these, which boast up to 1,800 hp. In terms of value, almost 30 percent is attributable to the external engine business.

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Reiner Rössner, Head of Sales Engine & Components MAN Nutzfahrzeuge Group