DEUTZ and KION Group strengthen partnership

As part of the new long-term supply agreement, the newly developed DEUTZ 2.2 liter engine will be integrated into KION's Linde brand platforms.

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The engine manufacturer DEUTZ and the KION Group – one of the world's two leading suppliers of forklift trucks, warehouse technology and associated services – are strengthening their partnership with a new long-term arrangement. The two companies are expanding their long-standing cooperation on large forklift trucks of the KION premium brand Linde to include volume models of the premium platforms. These will be successively equipped with the newly developed 2.2 liter engine from DEUTZ. There will be a diesel and a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) version of the engine when the EU Stage V emissions standard comes into force in 2019.

The new engine is based on the very successful TCD 2.9 DEUTZ engine series, which is already in use in a range of construction equipment, industrial equipment and agricultural machinery. The new three-cylinder engine shares key characteristics and components with the current four-cylinder TCD 2.9 engine. The TCD 2.2 diesel engine will in future cover the 25 to 55 kW power range. The LPG engine will be used up to a power output of 42 kW. DEUTZ will unveil the engine and its technical details to the general public at bauma, the flagship trade fair for the construction equipment industry, in Munich, from April 11 to 17, 2016.

“This DEUTZ engine is a robust industrial engine whose design makes it possible for us to offer our customers compact vehicles,” comments Ottmar Neuf, Director Engines and Drivetrain KION. “The engine's gear drive makes it suitable for use in extreme conditions, which enables us to produce forklift trucks for the widest possible range of applications. The fact that the engine is available in a large number of variants also means we can accommodate
a wide range of specific customer requirements such as air conditioning or a larger alternator.”

“We are delighted to have won the KION Group, the technology leader in the field of forklift trucks, as a customer for our new 2.2 liter engine. This long-term strategic partnership will lend strong impetus to our growth in the material handling sector and also gives us the justification for entering the highly promising gas engines business,” explains Michael Wellenzohn, member of the Board of Management of DEUTZ AG with responsibility for Sales/Service & Marketing.