Rolls-Royce inaugurates new Training Center for MTU Series 1600 PowerPacks in Great Britain

Rolls-Royce inaugurates new Training Center for MTU Series
Rolls-Royce inaugurates new Training Center for MTU Series

Rolls-Royce has inaugurated a new Training Center for MTU rail drive systems and is thereby expanding the global Center of Excellence for Series 1600 PowerPacks at its site in East Grinstead, Great Britain. In the Training Center, Rolls-Royce experts instruct technicians of end users, dealers and distributors as well as internal service technicians in the handling and maintenance of the MTU drive systems in order to ensure maximum availability. The Training Center includes a workshop which enables hands-on training with a PowerPack and a Series 1600 engine. More than 50 technicians can participate in the three to five day long intensive courses per year. The most important customer and partner is currently Hitachi Rail: The company’s high-speed trains of Classes 800, 801 and 802 are in service on tracks all over Great Britain, powered by MTU Series 1600 PowerPacks.

Jack Commandeur, Group Director of Maintenance Service Operations at Hitachi Rail, participated in the inauguration and said: “The new Training Center is an impressive example of Rolls-Royce’s commitment to our trains and the millions of journeys they run every year. The training of technicians from Hitachi and Rolls-Royce in the handling of MTU PowerPacks makes an important contribution to the further success of our cooperation.”

Bruce Phillips, Managing Director at MTU UK, said: “The new Training Center is an important milestone for our location which is serving our global customers as a Center of Excellence for Series 1600 rail PowerPacks. The first courses with our long-standing partner Hitachi Rail have already been completed successfully and are of great importance for the reliable service of our drive solutions.”

The MTU Training Centers play an important role in the development of Rolls-Royce business unit Power Systems from a manufacturer of engines to a provider of integrated solutions. MTU drive solutions – like all high-tech systems – can only perform at their maximum capability in a reliable and sustainable way all over the world if they are maintained in a professional manner. This is why Rolls-Royce is constantly investing in MTU’s training programs and offers courses at MTU Training Centers in 20 countries all over the world.

MTU PowerPacks with Series 1600 engines are characterized by their high power density, low consumption and low emissions. In Great Britain, more than 400 MTU PowerPacks of Series 1600 are currently powering Hitachi trains. The drive systems which deliver up to 700 kilowatts are also in service in Pesa DMUs and in maintenance vehicles from Harsco.

Press photos are available for download from www.rrpowersystems.com/press

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 around 11,000 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. Under the MTU Onsite Energy brand, the company markets 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 billion in 2018, around half of which came from the provision of aftermarket services.
  5. In 2018, Rolls-Royce invested £1.4 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.
  6. The Group has a strong commitment to apprentice and graduate recruitment and to further developing employee skills

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