Ricardo and CNR to collaborate on large engine upgrade feasibility study

Ricardo and CNR to collaborate on large engine upgrade feasibility study
19 November 2012


  • Builds upon successful 30 year cooperation between Ricardo and CNR (Dalian Locomotive and Rolling Stock Company Ltd)
  • Ricardo to assist in a market assessment and upgrade feasibility study based on the CNR 240 Z engine
  • Demonstrates Ricardo’s on-going commitment to the rail locomotive sector and to the further development of its large engine presence in China

In the contract announced today, Ricardo and CNR will explore the development of CNR’s future large engine products. In particular, the work will focus on exploring potential markets both within the rail industry and in other sectors. This work will include consideration of the technical features required in order to deliver a competitive future product.

The highly successful business relationship between Ricardo and CNR dates back to 1982 when the two companies first worked together on increasing the performance, fuel efficiency and reliability of CNR’s sixteen cylinder 240 railway locomotive engine. Over a period of twenty years, this collaboration extended to the very successful upgrade of CNR’s product through a series of projects. The cooperation included technology and knowledge transfer through on-site working by CNR’s engineers at Ricardo facilities in the UK as well as many visits by Ricardo engineers to CNR’s premises at Dalian in North Eastern China. This relationship has been marked by many joint technical publications presented at CIMAC conferences. In 2007, for example, the partners published a CIMAC paper describing work jointly undertaken to reduce the exhaust emissions of the engine to meet international UIC requirements.

“We are proud to be able to renew our longstanding and extremely successful working relationship with CNR,” commented Gary Tan, president of Ricardo Asia.  “Our two companies share an ethos of excellence in engineering and a passion for developing large engines. This project is a further demonstration of Ricardo’s commitment to serving China’s most successful companies in all of the industrial market sectors that we operate.”

“We are pleased to be able to renew our working relationship with Ricardo,” said Mr. Liang Shengtong, executive director and general manager, CNR (Dalian) Diesel Engine Co. Ltd. “We constantly strive to improve the design and technical innovation of our products, and to develop our own in-house capacity and capabilities for product development.  For this reason we are keen to cooperate on engineering and technology matters with world-leading companies such as Ricardo.”

In addition to renewing a longstanding relationship with CNR, today’s announcement further underscores Ricardo’s wide-ranging experience in large engines. To date the company has carried out in the region of 200 large engine projects ranging from architecture definition to full, turnkey design and development programmes.

“Ricardo has been active in large engines for many almost 100 years, applying our skills and expertise in support of engine builders as well as end users in the rail, marine propulsion and power generation markets” added Richard Lively, VP of engine product group for Ricardo Asia. “Ricardo is one of very few companies with the necessary specialist technical capability and global reach to serve these demanding markets.”


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