Rolls-Royce has unveiled its MTU brand of drive and service solutions at the ongoing Africa Rail conference and exhibition being held in Johannesburg.

Rolls-Royce has displayed a 16V 4000 R43R engine at the exhibition, which fulfills South African emissions requirements.

Part of the company’s Power Systems, the 16V 4000 R43R MTU engine has an output of 2,000kw and is suitable for use in heavy shunting, freight, and passenger transport.

Since 1996, over 2,500 MTU Series 4000 rail engines have been sold worldwide.

Rolls-Royce’s Power Systems MTU South Africa CEO Andrea Nono said: "Africa is a market of huge importance for us.

"The 16V 4000 R43R MTU engine is suitable for use in heavy shunting, freight, and passenger transport."

"We are proud to be part of one of the largest transport infrastructure projects in South Africa with our strongest MTU locomotive engines."

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The MTU brand will provide a total of 232 type 20V 4000 R63L engines with an output of 3,300kw for new freight locomotives for South African operator Transnet Freight Rail.

Designed by Chinese rolling stock manufacturer CRRC, the first two class 45 locomotives are currently being shipped from China to South Africa. After completing the first 20 vehicles in China, the remaining 212 will be assembled in South Africa.

Similarly, the 20 MTU engines will be completely built in Friedrichshafen in Germany and the remaining 212 will be delivered to MTU South Africa for final assembly, painting, and testing.

MTU South Africa is enhancing its facilities to increase capacities to perform this manufacturing activity.

Image: Rolls-Royce 16V 4000 R43R engine. Photo: courtesy of ROLLS-ROYCE POWER SYSTEMS AG.