Published On: Tue, Jun 27th, 2017

First African developed locomotive hailed

Andrea Nono, MTU SA Chief Executive  Officer

Andrea Nono, MTU SA Chief Executive Officer

DURBAN, (CAJ News) – MTU South Africa, reveling at its contribution to the creation of Africa’s first ever locally designed, engineered and manufactured locomotive, has committed to the growth of the country’s manufacturing sector.
This would foster its relationship with Transnet, the biggest freight operator in the continent.
“We see ourselves as a partner that is actively involved in the further development of South Africa’s manufacturing industry,” said Andrea Nono, MTU SA Chief Executive Officer.
She said of the TAL2001 locomotive, “This is a first for Africa and a first for us.”
MTU has been involved in the project from the onset, first with Transnet Engineering’s initial clarification meetings, and then the prototype development.
TAL2001 is said to be a locomotive designed and developed specifically for African conditions.
“We were very clear that an accomplishment of this nature would hold enormous benefit for Africa and its people, in addition to the local rail industry,” said Nono.
“Africa, and South Africa, is an important market for us, and we are committed to its empowerment and growth.”
In October 2016, Rolls-Royce opened its redesigned and upgraded MTU facility in Cape Town where MTU employees are to assemble, test, paint and commission MTU engines for Transnet’s Class 45 locomotives, locally manufactured in Transnet Engineering’s Durban facility.
MTU SA celebrated its 15th anniversary in 2016.

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