December 17

Once more, the CIMAC Circle took place at Marintec in Shanghai, on December 7, 2017. The topic of the traditional panel discussion, chaired by Allan-QingZhou Wang, President of ABB Jiangjin Turbo Systems, was “Modern Engine Technology in and for China”. Mr Wang openend the meeting with an introduction and expressed the hope to have a challenging discussion. He then gave the floor to Klaus Heim, President of CIMAC, for brief remarks on the subject. This was followed by a speech by Dr. Jin DongHan, President of CSICE and of Shanghai University. They provided background by introducing the “Made in China 2025” initiative, which aims to transform China into a leading industrial and technological powerhouse. Part of this strategy is the goal to become a global shipbuilding power. Prof. Jin expressed the hope that this would lead to the development of new and clean engines.


These opening remarks set the stage for the presentations of the panelists: Up first was Arie Smits from ABB Turbo Systems in Switzerland with “FiTS2”. He outlined the advantages of the Flexible integrated Turbocharging System for 2-Stroke Engines, such as fuel reduction. Dominik Schneiter of Winterthur Gas & Diesel Ltd followed with a focus on “Modern Engine Technology in China”. Thomas Knudsen then presented MAN Diesel & Turbo SE’s view on “The road to 100 % Local Production in China of Environmental Friendly Engines”. Stefan Müller of MTU Friedrichshafen spoke next about the “Green- & High-Tech Program”, the propulsion system technology of Rolls-Royce Power Systems AG. He showed the road to the next generation of propulsion systems: low-emission marine Diesel as well as de-carbonized marine gas. Li XinCai from the Shanghai Marine Diesel Engine Research Institute (SMDERI) then put the spotlight on engine application on tugboats. The final expert's presentation from the China Shipbuilding Power Institute (CSPI) dealt with “Innovations on Marine Engine”.


Mr Wang concluded from the presentations that there appears to be great commitment in China for local technology. He then opened the floor for questions from the audience. A lively discussion followed. Among the interesting insights was the information that MAN’s goal is 100 % localization in China. Another big issue that engaged the audience was the question of unmanned ships. Arie Smits argued that technology isn’t even such a big problem in this regard, but rather security. Allan Wang then wrapped up the exchange by again thanking the panelists for their contributions as well as the audience for their interest in the CIMAC Circle.


The Panel:

  • Arie Smits, ABB Turbo Systems Ltd., Switzerland
    “FiTS2: Flexible integrated Turbocharging System for 2-Stroke Engines”
  • Dominik Schneiter, Winterthur Gas & Diesel Ltd., Switzerland
    “Modern Engine Technology in China“
  •  Thomas Knudsen, MAN Diesel & Turbo SE, Denmark
    “The road to 100 % Local Production in China of Environmental Friendly Engines”   
  •  Stefan Müller, MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH, Germany
    “Green- & High-Tech Program Propulsion system technology of Rolls-Royce Power Systems AG”
  •  Li XinCai, Shanghai Marine Diesel Engine Research Institute (SMDERI), China
    “Engine Application on Tugboat“

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