Parlimentary under Secretary visits Rolls-Royce Power Systems

Parlimentary under Secretary Uwe Beckmeyer visits Rolls-Royce Power Systems

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  • Dr. Ulrich Dohle explains the low-emission diesel engines of the future
  • Central and Southern Germany important centres for the maritime industry

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, GERMANY – Uwe Beckmeyer, Parliamentary Under Secretary of the Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, visited Rolls-Royce Power Systems AG in Friedrichshafen. Dr. Ulrich Dohle, company CEO who also chairs the MTU Friedrichshafen subsidiary, explained the low-emission diesel engines of the future. MTU is part of Rolls-Royce Power Systems within the Land & Sea division of Rolls-Royce.

MTU's wide-ranging engine portfolio was presented to Under Secretary Beckmeyer in a tour of the Training Centre and Assembly Shop. Beckmeyer is the German government's coordinator for the maritime industry. Dr Ulrich Dohle said:  “In the marine sector, we are intensifying efforts on innovative, eco-friendly solutions to further minimise emission levels and reduce the consumption of energy and raw materials. ”This applies to the development of a gas engine for mobile use which, compared to a diesel engine, emits 25 percent less carbon dioxide, significantly reduced levels of NOx and no sulphur oxides whatsoever. Rolls-Royce Power Systems has invested 40 million Euros in a new development test facility intended for diesel and gas engine trials. This new testing facility was officially opened at the end of July.

Parliamentary Under Secretary Uwe Beckmeyer added: “The maritime industry goes far beyond the coastal regions and the resident shipyards. In Central and Southern Germany main suppliers have been operating successfully for decades. The advanced technology and the know-how of companies from southern Germany contribute substantially to the export success of the maritime industry in Germany.” An internationally competitive maritime industry is of considerable importance to the overall economy. With its subsidiary MTU Friedrichshafen, Rolls-Royce Power Systems is a leading partner of the maritime industry. Rolls-Royce Power Systems itself generates 39 percent of its sales with marine business.

About Rolls-Royce Holdings plc

1.    Rolls-Royce’s vision is to create better power for a changing world via two main business divisions, Aerospace and Land & Sea. These business divisions address markets with two strong technology platforms, gas turbines and reciprocating engines. Aerospace comprises Civil Aerospace and Defence Aerospace. Land & Sea comprises Marine, Nuclear and Power Systems.

2.    Rolls-Royce Power Systems is headquartered in Friedrichshafen in southern Germany and employs around 11,000 people. The product portfolio includes MTU-brand high-speed engines and propulsion systems for ships, power generation, heavy land, rail and defence vehicles and for the oil and gas industry. Under the MTU Onsite Energy brand, the company markets diesel gensets for emergency, base load and peak load applications as well as cogeneration plants using gas engines for the combined generation of heat and power. Bergen medium-speed engines power ships and power generation applications. L’Orange completes the portfolio with fuel injection systems for large engines.

3.    Rolls-Royce has customers in more than 120 countries, comprising more than 380 airlines and leasing customers, 160 armed forces, 4,000 marine customers including 70 navies, and more than 5,000 power and nuclear customers.

4.    Our business is focused on the 4Cs:

·         Customer – placing the customer at the heart of our business

·         Concentration – deciding where to grow and where not to

·         Cost – continually looking to increase efficiency

·         Cash – improving financial performance.

5.    Annual underlying revenue was £14.6 billion in 2014, around half of which came from the provision of aftermarket services. The firm and announced order book stood at £76.5 billion at 30 June 2015.

6.    In 2014, Rolls-Royce invested £1.2 billion on research and development. We also support a global network of 31 University Technology Centres, which position Rolls-Royce engineers at the forefront of scientific research.

7.    Rolls-Royce employs over 54,000 people in more than 50 countries. Over 15,500 of these are engineers.

8.    The Group has a strong commitment to apprentice and graduate recruitment and to further developing employee skills. In 2014 we employed 354 graduates and 357 apprentices through our worldwide training programmes. Globally we have over 1,000 Rolls-Royce STEM ambassadors who are actively involved in education programmes and activities; we have set ourselves a target to reach 6 million people through our STEM outreach activities by 2020.