Rolls-Royce has officially opened a new Remanufacturing and Overhaul Center at its mtu Aiken campus in South Carolina, USA. Dr. Jörg Stratmann, CEO of Rolls-Royce Power Systems, described the new facility as “a main pillar for serving Rolls-Royce customers in the Americas.”
The centre, encompassing 69,000 sq. ft. (6,400 sqm), is a result of a low double-digit million dollar investment.
It aims to consolidate previously outsourced workshop and warehouse operations and expand services for the remanufacturing and overhaul of mtu Series 2000, Series 4000, and Detroit Diesel 2-Cycle engines and components. The facility is also set to provide internal and external rework services, targeting the remanufacture of 20,000 parts per year to improve spare part availability and customer support.
Dr. Stratmann outlined the comprehensive nature of the services offered, stating, “Service is not just maintenance and repair, but also upgrades, remanufacturing, and digital services for predictive maintenance. Our customers trust us, and we want to fulfil this trust throughout the product lifecycle and into the next. To achieve this, excellent service is essential.”
Furthermore, the centre is presented as aligning with Rolls-Royce’s sustainability approach. Remanufacturing is highlighted for its lifecycle benefits, including the potential to return equipment to like-new condition, thereby potentially reducing acquisition, maintenance, and operation costs, and promoting a circular economy through the reuse of existing equipment and components.
Dr. Stratmann also noted the environmental benefits, stating, “Remanufacturing is yet another part of our energy transition and sustainability story. With engines approved to run on sustainable fuels, we are significantly reducing emissions, and with remanufacturing, we can get a second, third or even fourth lifetime from basically the same raw materials. It’s a total story of emissions and consumption reduction.”