CLAAS opts again for mtu engines from Rolls-Royce

Posted on January 19, 2022

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  • Follow-up agreement extends successful partnership with agricultural machinery manufacturer    
  • mtu Series 1000 to 1500 units for combine and forage harvesters and large tractors  

Rolls-Royce and German agricultural machinery manufacturer CLAAS have signed a follow-up agreement covering supply of mtu engines in the years ahead. The agreement seals the continuation of the highly successful partnership enjoyed by the two companies. Each year, CLAAS shall purchase from Rolls-Royce several thousand mtu engines from Series 1000 to 1500 which it shall use to power its Lexion and Tucano combine harvesters, Jaguar forage harvesters and Xerion large tractors. The order volume will bring revenues in the mid three-digit million euros range.  

mtu 6R 1000, 6R 1100, 6R 1300 and 6R 1500 are delegated assembly units based on Daimler’s OM 93x and OM 47x utility vehicle engines and cover power outputs from 180 – 480 kW. They also meet the requirements of the EU-Stage V emissions standard in place since 2019. “We laid the foundations for continuing our cooperation in the intensive field tests we performed for certification, which primarily took place at CLAAS. By coordinating with each other closely from a very early stage, we improved our engine platforms, also adding a diesel particulate filter to the SCR system to ensure compliance with the strict emission limits,” explained Stefan Rudert,  Director C&I and Agriculture Business at Rolls-Royce business unit Power Systems. In addition to EU-Stage V, the engines can be optionally purchased with dual certification for compliance with the Tier 4 final standard valid in the US and Canada. “That gives vehicle manufacturers greater flexibility in sales and helps purchasers on the secondary market. We’re also working on solutions that will enable us to break into other international markets with CLAAS using our existing engine platforms,” said Rudert.  

Around half of the grain-harvesting machines built by CLAAS are powered by mtu engines. Series 1000 to 1500 engines were designed in collaboration with Daimler for off-highway purposes and modified for agricultural applications.  

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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