Tognum Renames its Subsidiary SKL Motor

Tognum announces it has renamed its subsidiary SKL Motor, changing the name to MTU Reman Technologies.

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Tognum, the specialist for propulsion and power solutions, has equipped its subsidiary SKL Motor GmbH in Magdeburg for standardized reconditioning of MTU engines and components and is thus renaming the company MTU Reman Technologies GmbH. Since Saturday, September 22, the MTU logo has adorned the frontage of the main entrance as a sign of a new era in the illustrious history of the Magdeburg mechanical engineering operation. It was unveiled during a works festival attended by Secretary of State for the Economy of the state of Saxony-Anhalt, Michael Richter, and the Mayor of Magdeburg, Dr. Lutz Trümper.

Many engines that carry the Tognum brand MTU last for longer than one engine life. After extended service lives of as much as 25,000 hours, they undergo a rejuvenation course in Magdeburg from which they emerge as good as new. Magdeburg is the technology center for reconditioning, or remanufacturing as it is technically known, diesel and gas engines made by the Tognum Group. The facility develops methods and processes for reconditioning components and complete engines and employs them on a large industrial scale. The expertise at the Magdeburg plant is shared with the other Tognum Group remanufacturing sites in order to ensure the same reconditioning standards worldwide.

In the process, the Tognum Group benefits from the close on 175 years of engineering experience at the Magdeburg facility. The company now known as MTU Reman Technologies GmbH has its roots in the Magdeburger Dampfschifffahrts-Compagnie founded in 1838. Out of that grew the Buckau-Wolf engineering works and, in the time of the German Democratic Republic, the state-owned "Schwermaschinenbau Karl Liebknecht," which primarily produced diesel engines for the Iron Curtain countries and many other countries, after the fall of East Germany, was taken over by the trust agency set up by the unified Germany and was broken up into several separate corporations. "The new company, MTU Reman Technologies GmbH, the descendant of the subsequently established SKL Motor GmbH, is the latest in that long line of Magdeburg engineering operations. We are building on that tradition and experience," says Martin Wendel, Tognum’s Vice Present After-Sales, at the unveiling of the logo. "In these factory sheds work experts who understand their profession."

“We started off with the remaining 80 staff in 2008. We now employ 285 people, which means we have more than tripled the workforce and created over 200 new jobs,” emphasizes Wilfried Probian, CEO of MTU Reman Technologies.

After taking over SKL Motor in 2008, the Tognum Group re-equipped the facility as a remanufacturing technology center. “To date we have invested more than 20 million euro in the enterprise,” Probian points out. The remanufacturing of engines that have completed thousands of hours of high-performance service in generator sets or high-speed trains, for example, saves not only money but raw materials too. The engines are dismantled and the individual components restored to a condition equivalent to that of a brand new part. Defective components and worn parts are replaced by new ones. After only a few weeks, the client gets back a new engine, so to speak, which has undergone a complete test run and is ready to be refitted in a locomotive, for example. And it isn’t just complete engines that are remanufactured, individual components that are removed are reconditioned and reused as reman parts.

As well as that, the Tognum Group carries out research into the engines of the future in Magdeburg. New combustion processes, combustion chamber geometries and alternative fuels are investigated on single-cylinder test benches.