ZF Friedrichshafen AG and Rolls-Royce Power Systems said the long-standing partners plan to increase their collaboration on marine propulsion systems.
Wilhelm Rehm, a member of the board of management of ZF Friedrichshafen AG, and Rolls-Royce Power Systems CEO Ulrich Dohle signed a collaboration agreement to that effect.
The companies said precisely matched combinations of MTU engines from Rolls-Royce Power Systems and marine transmissions from ZF have been the preferred choice on many commercial ships and yachts for a long time.
The companies said they will exchange information and knowledge related to the development of new technologies and products more intensively than ever to ensure that clients are provided with fully optimized propulsion solutions.
“Through the even closer collaboration with our long-standing partner ZF we will further expand our systems expertise and, with our MTU engines, will thus be able to provide our customers with optimally matched and innovative propulsion solutions,” Dohle said in a statement.
“We, too, see excellent opportunities resulting from the expansion of our two product portfolios,” Rehm said. “Together with MTU we will develop pioneering technologies and supply the market with system solutions.”
The details of the collaboration will be specified in subsequent talks.
The partners said they expect to achieve the greatest synergy effects in three areas: Each company intends to extend its respective product range with the addition of jointly developed fully integrated systems and to collaborate closely in research and development and applications development.
The ultimate aim is to provide optimally matched systems and new solutions for future marine propulsion systems, such as hybrid propulsion systems or digitally networked solutions. The partners also intend to work together in marketing, sales and service.