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FAIRBANKS MORSE CELEBRATES ANNIVERSARY

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 

Wayne Jones OBE – Chief Sales Officer and Member of the Executive Board, MAN Energy Solutions – recently attended a ceremony with Fairbanks Morse (FM) onboard the ‘USS Wisconsin’ in Norfolk, Virginia, to mark the US company’s 50th anniversary as licensee partner of MAN Energy Solutions’ MAN- and SEMT Pielstick-branded four-stroke engines.

Congratulating FM on its achievement, Jones said: “To be able to celebrate such a long-standing relationship with such a key licensee partner is particularly satisfying. Fairbanks Morse has always been keen to serve customer demands by adopting our latest technology, with more recent proof of this being the introduction of common-rail engines to the U.S. Navy market. I congratulate Fairbanks Morse on this anniversary and look forward to enjoying further successes.”

“We are extremely proud to be celebrating the 50-year anniversary of our MAN Pielstick license agreement with MAN Energy Solutions. Over the last half-century, Fairbanks Morse has manufactured hundreds of MAN Pielstick and MAN Augsburg engines for numerous classes of US government ships. All of us at Fairbanks Morse sincerely appreciate the importance of this relationship and look forward to continuing our strong alliance with MAN for the next 50 years,” said Deepak Navnith, President of Fairbanks Morse.

FM signed its first license agreement for SEMT Pielstick engines on July 5, 1968 with that for MAN engines following in 1995. Since then FM has produced more than 400 engines, with a cumulative power total of 3 GW.

While applications for the engines range from stationary and nuclear emergency power to marine, the MAN and Pielstick engines have primarily been employed for naval and government applications.

As an MAN Energy Solutions partner, FM has access to the company’s latest technology such as sequential turbocharging and common-rail engines. FM also includes the latest MAN Energy Solutions engine developments in its programme, for example, the very successful MAN 28/33D STC engine, which will be used in the new US Coast Guard offshore patrol cutter (OPC).

Jones also congratulated FM on the recent announcement that the latest Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) would be named USS Beloit in order to honour the City of Beloit (FM’s home for 145 years) for its contributions to the US Navy. The LCS programme is supported by 200 suppliers across Wisconsin, including FM who will deliver the new vessel’s two Colt-Pielstick 16PA6B STC engines. The naming of a navy ship is a significant honour and steeped in tradition.

Under its license with MAN Energy Solutions, FM manufactures a large percentage of the US Navy’s large medium-speed diesel engines and was selected as the Freedom variant ‘Supplier of the Year’ in 2015.

For over 125 years, Fairbanks Morse has produced its own-design prime movers to deliver optimal performance in a wide range of applications from base load and standby in municipal, nuclear, and institutional facilities to locomotive engines, and naval and commercial-class ship propulsion and shipboard power. The company’s flagship Opposed Piston (OP) engine technology has been trusted for decades and has totalled over 100 million operating hours – many units with over 40 years of service. 

FM is a company of EnPro Industries, Inc., a leader in sealing products, metal polymer and filament wound bearings, components and service for reciprocating compressors, diesel and dual-fuel engines, and other engineered products for use in critical applications by industries worldwide.

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