Germany’s Rolls-Royce Power Systems and India-based vehicle manufacturer Force Motors are forming an EUR 40 million ($50m) joint venture to manufacture engines plus generator sets for the Indian and global markets.
Pune’s Force Motors will hold a majority 51% stake in the joint venture— to be named Force MTU Power Systems— which will produce MTU’s 10 and 12-cylinder Series 1600 units with power outputs from 545 to 1050HP (400 to 800 KWm).
The Series 1600 gensets built by the new business and supplied to customers in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka will be branded ‘Force-MTU’. Gensets made for the rest of the world will be sold under the name 'MTU Onsite Energy’. The engines will continue to be branded ‘MTU’.
MTU Onsite Energy is a Rolls-Royce Power Systems subsidiary and a global supplier of diesel and natural gas-powered generator sets for power and cogeneration applications.
The joint venture will build a dedicated manufacturing facility at Chakan, near Pune, which is expected to launch serial production by the third quarter of 2019.
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. Once serial production capabilities for 1600 units have been established, we will have opportunities to add other applications, engines and power systems to the JV portfolio.”