Rolls-Royce and Netinera sign long-term service agreement for the overhaul of mtu engines and PowerPacks

Posted on November 19, 2021

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  • Up to 180 mtu PowerPacks to be completely overhauled by 2032 using Reman process  
  • Rolls-Royce is currently overhauling a total of more than 400 mtu PowerPacks and engines for Netinera
  • Use in regional trains and locomotives of various types

Rolls-Royce and Netinera have signed a contract for the complete overhaul of up to 180 mtu PowerPacks. The contract runs until 2032 and provides for the complete overhaul of PowerPacks based on mtu Series 183 engines using the so-called Reman process. Netinera uses these PowerPacks in regional trains of the type Siemens Desiro (VT 642). Netinera is one of the largest transport companies in Germany and operates local and regional public transport with buses and trains. Netinera has been relying on Rolls-Royce Reman solutions for many years: Rolls-Royce is currently also overhauling a total of 235 mtu PowerPacks for Alstom Lint trains and 13 mtu engines of type 16V 4000 R41 for ER 20 locomotives at its Reman site in Magdeburg on behalf of Netinera.

Markus Resch, CFO at Netinera, says: “Rolls-Royce has been an important and reliable partner for us for many years with its mtu drive and service solutions. We look forward to continuing this cooperation in the long term.”

Marc Goldschmidt, Vice President Remanufacturing & Overhaul Technologies at Rolls-Royce business unit Power Systems, says: “We are very pleased that Netinera has once again chosen our Reman solutions. It shows how attractive our Reman PowerPacks and engines are: They offer absolute reliability and maximum availability at a very economical price.”

Reman is the industrial reconditioning of main components and engines alike. Standardised processes are used to dismantle and clean the mtu PowerPacks and engines and then to test and re-build them using Reman components or new parts. The process automatically includes product improvements. The process is entirely anonymous, i.e. the customer does not necessarily get the same PowerPack or engine back as it handed in for refurbishment. The PowerPacks or engines reach their customers in as new condition. PowerPacks are then ready for another 18,000 hours (roughly 720,000 km) of operation. For some engine series, Rolls-Royce is able to provide exchange PowerPacks and engines (so-called swing units) before the drive systems are removed. By using swing units, the railcars and locomotives can be returned to service very quickly, which significantly reduces downtime.

mtu PowerPacks are compact drive systems which, in addition to the engine and the transmission, contain all the ancillary units required to drive the vehicle, such as the cooling system and the exhaust gas aftertreatment system. Rolls-Royce Power Systems was the first supplier worldwide to develop this concept 25 years ago and has since delivered a total of more than 7,500 PowerPacks to rail customers all over the world.


About Rolls-Royce Holdings plc

  1. Rolls-Royce pioneers the power that matters to connect, power and protect society. We have pledged to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions in our operations by 2030. We joined the UN Race to Zero campaign in 2020, and have committed to ensuring our new products will be compatible with net zero operation by 2030, and all products will be compatible with net zero by 2050.
  2. Rolls-Royce Power Systems is headquartered in Friedrichshafen in southern Germany and employs around 9,000 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 as well as diesel and gas systems and battery containers for mission critical, standby and continuous power, combined generation of heat and power, and microgrids.  
  3. Rolls-Royce has customers in more than 150 countries, comprising more than 400 airlines and leasing customers, 160 armed forces and navies, and more than 5,000 power and nuclear customers.
  4. Annual underlying revenue was £11.76 billion in 2020 and we invested £1.25 billion on research and development. We also support a global network of 28 University Technology Centres, which position Rolls-Royce engineers at the forefront of scientific research.
  5. Rolls-Royce Holdings plc is a publicly traded company (LSE:RR., ADR: RYCEY, LEI: 213800EC7997ZBLZJH69).


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