- MTU Friedrichshafen
MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH Type Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung Founded 1909 Headquarters Friedrichshafen, Germany Key people Volker Heuer, President and CEO Products Diesel and gas internal combustion reciprocating engines Parent Tognum Website www.mtu-online.com
MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH is a manufacturer of commercial internal combustion engines founded by Wilhelm Maybach and his son Karl Maybach in 1909. It was a subsidiary of DaimlerChrysler until 2006 when it was sold off to the EQT IV private equity fund, and is now a part of the Tognum Corporation.
The company manufactures diesel-engines for trains, ships, oil and gas installations, military vehicles, agriculture, mining and construction equipment as well as diesel-generators and very new Molten carbonate fuel cells.
MTU derives from Motoren- und Turbinen-Union meaning "Motor (Engine) and Turbine Union".
- 1909: Foundation of Luftfahrzeug-Motorenbau GmbH in Bissingen an der Enz as part of the Zeppelin corporation. The company manufactures engines for airships.
- 1912: 1911/12 relocation to Friedrichshafen; the name is changed to Motorenbau GmbH.
- 1918: Motorenbau GmbH is re-named Maybach-Motorenbau GmbH. After the end of the first world war the company began to manufacture car engines.
- 1966: Merger of the two companies Mercedes-Benz Motorenbau Friedrichshafen GmbH and Maybach-Motorenbau GmbH to form Maybach Mercedes-Benz Motorenbau GmbH.
- 1969: Maybach Mercedes-Benz Motorenbau GmbH is renamed Motoren und Turbinen-Union Friedrichshafen GmbH. The company is a subsidiary of MTU München GmbH which is owned at equal shares by Daimler-Benz AG and MAN AG until 1985.
- 1989: Incorporation of MTU Friedrichshafen in Deutsche Aero-space AG (DASA), a company of the Daimler-Benz Group.
- 1994: Cooperation of MTU Friedrichshafen with Detroit Diesel Corporation
- 1995: MTU Friedrichshafen and MTU München go their separate ways; MTU Friedrichshafen becomes a direct subsidiary of Daimler-Benz AG.
- 2001: MTU Motoren- und Turbinen-Union Friedrichshafen GmbH is renamed MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH.
- 2005: In late 2005, the DaimlerChrysler Off-Highway business unit, including MTU Friedrichshafen and the Off-Highway division of Detroit Diesel Corporation, is sold to the Swedish financial investor EQT Partners.
- 2006: The business is transferred into the new holding company Tognum, with MTU Friedrichshafen as its core company.
- 2009: MTU Friedrichshafen celebrates its centenary. In the same year introduction of the new Series 1600, rounding off the performance range at the lower end of the product portfolio.
Diesel engines were built in the 1960s under the Maybach name and were fitted to railway locomotives including:
- British Rail Class 35, Maybach MD870 engine built under licence in UK by Bristol Siddeley
- British Rail Class 42, two Maybach MD650 engines built under licence in UK by Bristol-Siddeley
- British Rail Class 52, two Maybach MD655 engines
- DB Class V 160 (prototypes)
- Southern Pacific 9010, two Maybach MD870 engines
Later engines were built under the MTU name and installations include:
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