Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) has celebrated the 100th anniversary of its engine-manufacturing license with MAN Diesel & Turbo. Spread over four days, the celebrations included an exchange of gifts and were capped with a technical event in Kobe with over 140 attendees.
Dr Stephan Timmermann, member of MAN Diesel & Turbo's Executive Board, spoke of the special relationship between his company and its long-time licensee and noted that Kawasaki and MAN Diesel & Turbo were working closely together to find the answers to today's and tomorrow's demands for environmentally friendly seaborne transportation.
Over the years, KHI has time and again produced engines of note, the latest being in June 2011 with the delivery of the world's largest, medium-speed power unit, an 18-MW engine for Okinawa Electric Power Companyd. Low-speed engine cooperation has been similarly successful and, just last year, KHI renewed its two-stroke license agreement for the production of MAN B&W-branded engines.
Incorporated in 1896, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. originally started out in shipbuilding but has also developed interests in vehicles, trains and aerospace equipment, as well as marine diesel engines, among others. With head offices in Tokyo and Kobe, Kawasaki employs over 32,000 staff and had net sales of almost 12 billion Euro for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2011.
November 1, 2011
MAN Diesel & Turbo and Kawasaki mark a century
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