MAN sets up CP propeller plant in China

Malcolm Latarche

Malcolm Latarche · 30 January 2020


An intercompany agreement signed between MAN Energy Solutions’ China Production and the company’s Four-Stroke Denmark’s Aft Ship & Propeller Department will expand the propeller business even more into the Chinese market by establishing a local CPP Assembly & Test facility. The target is to double the market share – and the plan is to start assembling the first systems in the middle of 2020.

Jan Zebitz, Head of Aft Ship & Propeller, said, “There are several reasons for us to move closer to the Chinese market. Businesswise, this setup will help us to fulfil the upcoming local content requirements in China. At the same time, our competitiveness for the MAN Alpha Propeller brand will increase since we will reduce our delivery time with up to 10 weeks for the Chinese market, and we expect quite a significant cost reduction when we have finalised a complete supply chain in China.”

The new agreement was signed in Munich on Dec 10th, 2019. Pictured (from left): Poul Knudsgaard, Head of Four Stroke Denmark, Jan Zebitz, Head of Aft Ship & Propeller, Stjepan Kucifer, Managing Director MAN ES China Production, and Kui Xi, CFO MAN ES Shanghai China

He continued, “Already from day one, we will see shipping savings because we will not be buying components in China, which we ship to Denmark and then after tests - all the way back to our Chinese customers. From an environmental point of view, we will leave a greener footprint when avoiding the transportation between China and Denmark. Now finally, we have all the formal steps approved and now it´s time to make it real.”

Stjepan Kucifer, Managing Director MAN Energy Solutions, China Production, said, “It was clear to me that MAN Energy Solutions could gain an even better market position in China if we created a CPP Assembly & Test facility here in Changzhou. At the same time, I feel confident that this additional business segment will complement existing segments such as Turbomachinery, Turbocharger and RENK bearings production. In general, I am sure this step will contribute to the further development of MAN Changzhou and I am looking very much forward to seeing the first CPP system being delivered from our plant.”

Poul Knudsgaard, Head of Four Stroke Denmark, MAN Energy Solutions, said, “The cooperative spirit and the enthusiasm from all participants in this project has been truly amazing, making it a real pleasure to follow the project. I’m sure that this important step will enable the whole Aft Ship & Propeller team to increase our sales of MAN Alpha-branded products in the Chinese market.”

MAN Alpha propellers and aft ship solutions are designed in Denmark and date all the way back to the 1902-production of the first CP Propeller-based propulsion package – and the first Alpha CPP with mechanical pitch control, which was patented in 1903. Today, dedicated Propeller R&D departments with hydrodynamic, mechanical experts and design engineers located in Frederikshavn and Copenhagen are cooperating with the world’s leading test tanks and research institutes for verification of performance optimization related to fuel savings, speed, efficiency, cavitation and noise.

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