Rolls-Royce, Garden Reach Agreement to Assemble MTU Engines in India
FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany — Rolls-Royce and Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd. (GRSE) have agreed on the final assembly of MTU Series 4000 engines in India, Rolls-Royce announced in a May 5 release.
The 12V and 16V 4000 M90 type engines will be assembled in GRSE’s Diesel Engine Plant in Ranchi. An option for the local production of parts in the future was also agreed. The engines have a rated power of 2,040 and 2,720 kW, respectively, and will be installed in various naval vessels built by GRSE. The agreement includes the transfer of MTU technology related to assembly, testing and painting. GRSE is one of India’s leading shipyards and part of the Indian Ministry of Defence as a Defense Public Sector Unit. MTU is a brand of Rolls-Royce Power Systems.
“This agreement strengthens our long-standing and successful partnership with MTU,” said retired Rear Adm. V. K. Saxena, chairman and managing director at GRSE. “It is an important contribution to our indigenization programme in line with the government’s Make in India strategy. We plan to take forward the partnership between GRSE and MTU partnership and to achieve 40 percent indigenous content progressively for MTU 4000 series engines.”
“We are delighted to continue and deepen our cooperation with GRSE,” said Praveen Mohan, chief executive officer of MTU India.” India is one of the most important growth markets for MTU. MTU has demonstrated its commitment to India as a location for business and investment for many years through the Engineering & Research Center and Global Purchasing Office based in Pune as well as earlier licence agreements with GRSE. We look forward to making further engines in India.”
MTU and GRSE have a relationship spanning more than three decades that started with the assembly of MTU Series 538 and 396 engines, also at the Diesel Engine Plant (DEP) in Ranchi. Since 2004, GRSE has assembled Series 4000 engines in India from components and parts sourced from MTU.