Rolls-Royce Collaborating with Forest Tract to Integrate Stage V Engines in Forestry Equipment

Rolls-Royce will integrate EU Stage V MTU 6R 1000 engines offering 100-280 kW in Forest Tract's skidder models.

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Rolls-Royce and Forest Tract, the French manufacturer of forestry machinery, have come together for the first time to cooperate on the supply of engines compliant with EU Stage V requirements. In future, the forestry machinery built by Forest Tract, who is based in northern France, will be powered by MTU engines compliant with this emissions stage. The MTU brand is part of Rolls-Royce Power Systems.

Rolls-Royce and Forest Tract closed their partnership agreement in April 2017. It provides the framework for their collaboration on MTU engines compliant with the EU Stage V emissions directive due to come into force in 2019. Taking Mercedes Benz OM 93x and OM 47x commercial vehicle engines as a basis, Rolls-Royce Power Systems and Daimler are to jointly develop MTU Series 1000, 1100, 1300 and 1500 units that comply with the EU Stage V off-highway emissions standard.

The MTU 6R 1000 units delivering 100-280 kW are suitable for powering all of Forest Tract’s skidder (forestry machine) models. The MTU engines stay within the new soot particle limits through a combination of in-engine innovations with SCR system and a diesel particulate filter.

The highly evolved EU Stage V compliant engines will bring to customers of Forest Tract higher torque at low engine rpm, a further reduction in fuel consumption and a broader performance range than that offered by EU Stage IV compliant predecessors. An EU Stage V prototype is to be delivered in summer 2017.

Through high-precision guidance of the crane, Forest Tract machines are gentle on the forest environment. They boast an all-wheel hydraulic drive, a crane specifically developed for moving tree trunks, and a panorama cabin.