7 Oct 2010 15:48

Sinara TM, AVL List set to work on modernizing diesel engines

YEKATERINBURG. Oct 7 (Interfax) - OJSC Sinara Transport Machines (STM, part of CJSC Sinara Group) has inked a cooperation agreement with the Austrian engineering firm AVL List GmbH that involves modernizing a model line of diesel engines produced by Urals Diesel Engine Plant (UDMZ), which is part of STM, the company said in a statement.

Working with the Austrian company, STM said, will make it possible to improve the usage and environmental specifications of engines used in diesel locomotives produced by Lyudinovsky Diesel-Locomotive Building Works (also part of STM), and also expand the market for STM products.

STM's General Director Vladimir Melnikov is cited in the statement as saying that cooperation with AVL will feature a comprehensive approach, from personnel training and R&D all the way to the final outfitting of engines. Also, partnership with UDMZ will make it possible to plan the introduction of cutting-edge technology for designing and testing power plants.

"With modernization and the transfer of technology, our plans include improving the characteristics of Urals diesels, so they meet not only Russian standards, but also foreign requirements," Melnikov said.

AVL designs and tests power plants (internal combustion engines, transmissions, combined power plants, fuel elements, wiring, accumulators, and software). Company turnover exceeds EUR 700 million per year. AVL has been involved in more than 120 projects over the last twenty years, including projects with BMW, General Motors, Volkswagen, PSA, and Daimler. The company has regional offices and engineering centers in thirty countries.