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MTU Breaks Ground for Chinese Engine Plant

Posted on June 14, 2005

Suzhou/Friedrichshafen - MTU Friedrichshafen, recently broke ground for a new diesel engine assembly plant in Suzhou, China. The plant will produce the MTU series 2000 engines for power generation applications. Investment for the new plant of MTU Engineering (Suzhou) Co., Ltd comes from MTU Asia Pte Ltd, Singapore, a wholly-owned subsidiary and Regional Center Asia of MTU Friedrichshafen, Germany.

MTU Engineering (Suzhou) Co., Ltd, has obtained the approval for re-investment in Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP) to incorporate the assembly production and packaging of MTU products in her operative business in China. The new facility is located at Longyun Road in Phase III Land of the Suzhou Industrial Park in Suzhou, China, about 100 km northwest of Shanghai.

“This investment reflects our long-term commitment to the customers and business partners of MTU in China as well as to our employees”, stated Volker Heuer, President and CEO of MTU Friedrichshafen. The engines produced at the new assembly plant in Suzhou are aiming for the domestic market to meet the strong market demand in China associated with the continued economic growth. There is even a potential for further growth in power generation and other applications in China.

The production will include 12V-, 16V-, and 18V-cylinder engines of the MTU Series 2000, with up to 30 % of components to be supplied by local suppliers eventually, making it a sourcing platform for engine components in China. The plant will have engine assembly and testing facilities, technical support, a fully integrated service workshop, training center, parts warehouse and supply, and is scheduled to be ready by mid 2006. The production will complement that of MTU Friedrichshafen in Germany, the supply of components from Friedrichshafen will also secure jobs there.

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