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Rolls-Royce celebrates a decade of research and development for Power Systems in India

Posted on 03 August 2020

The Rolls-Royce business unit Power Systems is celebrating the tenth anniversary of its Engineering and Research Centre (EARC) in Pune, India.

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  • "Engineering and Research Center" established ten years ago in Pune
  • Milestone symbolizes internationalization of the business unit
  • India team leads full product responsibility of MTU Series 1600 product line

Rolls-Royce is celebrating the tenth anniversary of its Engineering and Research Centre (EARC) in Pune, India. With the establishment of the development centre in 2010, the Rolls-Royce business unit Power Systems launched its first research and development facility outside Germany. This anniversary marks a milestone which clearly demonstrates the internationalization of the business unit and its strategy of boosting its presence in growth markets. The city of Pune is known as the center of the automotive industry in India, and is considered a center of excellence when it comes to engineering training.

"The EARC in Pune is now our second-largest development site after Friedrichshafen. We benefit in many ways from the location in India: better influence on one of the growth markets, more resources and competencies in the development area and a more diverse corporate culture," says Andreas Schell, CEO of Rolls-Royce Power Systems. "With the development centre, we are not only demonstrating our presence in the Indian market, but with the support of our Indian colleagues we are also strengthening our core business and development in Germany".

Full product responsibility for the 1600 series

"Over the past ten years, the research and development center in Pune has developed continuously. Today, it is an indispensable building block of our development. Through regular expatriate assignments, intensive communication and exchange, we have brought the different cultures closer together," explains Martin Teigeler, Head of Development at Power Systems. "The development of the EARC goes so far that we are now handing over our entire MTU Series 1600 to India with full product responsibility." The transfer of the Series 1600 from Germany to India has been taking place since 2018 through a joint venture with Pune-based engine manufacturer Force Motors.

Gurusathya Rajasekar, who heads up the R&D center in Pune, says: “We have grown from our humble beginnings as a small, support team to a strong talent pool of more than 200 engineers that is today creating solutions in India, for India and for the world”.

Virtual ceremony with Indian government advisor

More than 250 participants - including employees and external stakeholders - took part in the virtual celebration of the occasion. The highlight was a webinar in which the Indian Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government, Professor K. VijayRaghavan, participated. Together with Andreas Schell, Martin Teigeler, Kishore Jayaraman (President of Rolls-Royce India and Southeast Asia), and Martin Kurreck (Vice President Development Asia), he discussed the role of technology in building a sustainable future. They agreed that the development of sustainable technologies is the key to a successful and more climate-friendly future.

Dr. VijayRaghavan opined that the current COVID-19 pandemic has opened up a door to look at sustainability in new ways. He said: “From a science and technology’s perspective, we should move to a new paradigm where we share our intellect in a distributed manner. For example, design will be key to everything we do and manufacturing linked to design is going to be important. The manufacturing of components and putting them together into systems can be done in a distributed manner. We can have design created in multiple locations, produce prototypes, and then export the tried and tested design to multiple locations for manufacturing. This will create a distributed manufacturing system, but at the heart of it will be design centres and that is where India has enormous opportunity to play a positive role.”

Since its inception, the Power Systems’ Engineering and Research Centre has contributed to several significant global R&D projects including the development of environmentally friendly engines and Rolls-Royce’s first-ever high-speed gas mobile engine for commercial marine. 

About Rolls-Royce Holdings plc

  1. Rolls-Royce pioneers cutting-edge technologies that deliver clean, safe and competitive solutions to meet our planet’s vital power needs.
  2. Rolls-Royce Power Systems is headquartered in Friedrichshafen in southern Germany and employs more than 10,000 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. Medium-speed engines from Bergen power ships and power generation applications.
  3. Rolls-Royce has customers in more than 150 countries, comprising more than 400 airlines and leasing customers, 160 armed forces, 70 navies, and more than 5,000 power and nuclear customers.
  4. Annual underlying revenue was £15.45 billion in 2019, around half of which came from the provision of aftermarket services.
  5. In 2019, Rolls-Royce invested £1.46 billion on research and development. We also support a global network of 29 University Technology Centres, which position Rolls-Royce engineers at the forefront of scientific research.
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