Rolls-Royce’s Power Systems business unit has boosted its research and development capabilities in China with the addition of a new test bench for its mtu engines at its existing Suzhou facility.

rollsmtu chinaThe new test bench, which was inaugurated as part of the company’s celebration of the location’s 25th year in existence, can accommodate mtu engines with outputs of up to 3,600 kW and can also be used to test parts, engines and complete power and industrial application systems.

Rolls-Royce officials said the new R&D test bench in Suzhou will first be used for test runs of gensets based on mtu 16V 4000 engines; that will begin in the new year. 

“It is suitable for testing a wide range of versions of the versatile Series 4000 engine which is also celebrating its 25th anniversary this year,” the supplier said. “A further upgrade of the test bench is planned for 2022: The capabilities will be extended to testing mtu Series 2000 engines as well.”

Eugenia Valente, president of Rolls-Royce Solutions Greater China, said the new test bench is a testament to its commitment to the Chinese market. 

“It allows us to do all product qualifications in China, close to our suppliers, production sites and end customers, realising our China strategy ‘local for local’. Not having to send back and forth abroad the locally sourced components anymore is also supporting and aligned to our efforts to reach net zero carbon,” Valente added.

In October 2021, the former MTU Engineering (Suzhou) Co. was renamed Rolls-Royce Solutions (Suzhou) Co.

Source: Rolls-Royce

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