Rolls-Royce Power Systems and
Pune-based automobile manufacturer Force Motors have signed a joint venture
agreement in which Force Motors will hold a 51% and Rolls-Royce Power Systems a
49% stake. The new joint venture will be named ‘Force MTU Power Systems Pvt.
The joint venture company will
produce MTU’s renowned 10 and 12-cylinder Series 1600 units with power outputs
from 545 to 1050HP (400 to 800 KW). Series 1600 engines are particularly
suitable for power generation and rail underfloor applications.
Besides manufacturing Series
1600 units, the JV will also build Series 1600 generator sets for the Indian
and global markets. Generator sets built
and supplied by the JV to customers in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka will carry
the ‘Force - MTU’ brand while those destined for the rest of the world will be
sold under the name 'MTU Onsite Energy’. The engines will continue to have the
The partners are investing
more than Rs. 300 crores (40 million euros) in the JV in proportion to their
respective stakes. To meet Rolls-Royce Power Systems’ exacting standards, the
JV is to build a dedicated state-of-the-art manufacturing facility at Chakan
near Pune. The facility will be equipped with nearly all core functions and is
to operate as a stand-alone enterprise. The new factory is expected to launch
serial production by the third quarter of 2019. The JV will use Force Motors’
expertise to lead localisation efforts and aims to achieve consistently high
local content without compromising on quality.
MTU launched its Series 1600
engine family in 2009 and now has thousands of units in service. Renowned as a
state-of-the-art engine for its common rail injection, turbocharging and
electronic control, it is well-established in the market for power generation and
The JV will handle sales and
service of Series 1600 generator sets for end users in India, Nepal and Sri
Lanka territory, while Rolls-Royce Power Systems will handle sales and service
in the Rest of World territory.
Andreas Schell, President and
CEO of Rolls-Royce Power Systems, said: “This Joint Venture opens new
opportunities for a bright future with our Series 1600 products. 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
“Once serial production
capabilities for 1600 units have been established within the joint venture, we
will have opportunities to add other applications, engines and power systems to
the JV portfolio,” he added.
“Our joint venture combines
the strengths of the two partners: Rolls-Royce Power Systems’ cutting-edge
technology in reciprocating off-highway engines, and Force Motors’
long-standing experience in top quality manufacturing with access to the Indian
market. For us, it’s the perfect fit,” said Schell.
Prasan Firodia, Managing
Director of Force Motors said, “It’s a matter of great pride and honour for us
that Rolls-Royce Power Systems has chosen to partner with Force Motors not only
for production of engines but also for production and engineering of the whole
genset system. This tie-up comes after our successful cooperation with Mercedes
and BMW and will open up numerous opportunities for growth and diversification.
I see exciting times ahead, since we are set to play a pivotal role in bringing
to India and making in India cutting-edge, top-of-the-line engines for multiple
Source: Force Motors
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