MTU Friedrichshafen

MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH ( engines and turbines Union Friedrichshafen GmbH ) is a German engineering company and is one of the world's leading manufacturers of large diesel engines and complete drive systems. The company manufactures diesel engines for application areas in shipping, energy supply, heavy duty vehicles, military vehicles and railways in the power range from 20 to 9,100 kW ( 27-12250 hp). In addition to its own products, MTU also distributes Mercedes- Benz industrial engines, VM Motori diesel engines for off-road applications as well as gas turbine manufacturer General Electric for complex marine propulsion and power plants.


The result MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH is from the "aircraft engine GmbH" was founded in Bissingen / Enz on March 23, 1909. The company moved in 1912 to Friedrichshafen and in 1918 changed its name to " Maybach- GmbH". This made ​​all the engines for the tracked vehicles of the Wehrmacht - but not all at the Friedrichshafen location.

1960 Daimler-Benz bought the company, it has been instrumental Jean Raebel. In 1966 the company was combined with the large engines from Daimler -Benz to " Maybach Mercedes -Benz engine GmbH". In 1969, the name " engines and turbines Union Friedrichshafen GmbH" (MTU) was coined as a contract with Daimler -Benz, MAN and MTU Munich ( engine construction, today MTU Aero Engines ) was closed.

Since 2005, the MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH was 100% for Daimler Chrysler AG ( now Daimler AG). The former family shareholders - the families Maybach (7.2%), von Brandenstein - Zeppelin ( 3.124 %) and GBZ Holding GmbH ( 1.326 %) - sold their shares in early September 2005 as part of a planned sale of MTU Friedrichshafen to an investor Daimler Chrysler. MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH belonged then to the organizational business DaimlerChrysler Off Highway and cooperated closely with the Daimler subsidiary Detroit Diesel Corporation (DDC ) and VM Motori.

On 27 December 2005, the DaimlerChrysler AG MTU sold for 1.6 billion euros to the Swedish private equity group EQT.

Since July 2006, the brand and company group changes its name to the MTU group under the name of Tognum GmbH. The Friedrichshafen factory and the brand name MTU been retained. Since the IPO on 2 July 2007, Tognum has the legal form of a corporation.

Since 2011, the engine manufacturer Rolls- Royce and Daimler control over their daughter Engine Holding GmbH 98.3 % of the capital of Tognum.

Corporate scope

MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH had achieved in 2003 with approximately 6,700 employees ( 5,850 / 87 % in Germany ) has a turnover of nearly 1.3 billion euros. 2004, sales rose to 1.35 billion euros at constant number of employees. 2003 22.300 motor units, 2004 26.000 motor units were sold.

In Friedrichshafen MTU makes so many professionals like no other company on the site, making it a major employer for young professionals in the region. In addition, the number of trainees is continuously increasing. In 2003, the number of apprentices throughout the MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH was estimated (not just Friedrichshafen ) to 349 and in 2004 to 388.


The Company's businesses are distributed as follows:

Further activities are constructed in own subsidiaries in areas such as fuel cells; it was estimated in 2004 to 5%.

Revenue distribution

The revenue is distributed as follows: