Four diesel engines, weighing 48 tonnes and measuring seven metres, propel the ferry “Jean de la Valette” on its trips across the Mediterranean Sea between Malta and Italy. With their 20 cylinders, each engine is capable of reaching an output of 13,600 HP.
The crankcases of these engines, which are among the top global performers in their class, are “made in Germany”. They are crafted at a foundry of our portfolio company Gienanth in Fronberg, Bavaria. A video report of about fifty minutes on welt.de provides interesting insights into the production of the ‘mega diesel’. You can find the report here (only in German).
At its foundries, Gienanth manufactures hand-moulded castings of highly sophisticated engine blocks (cylinder crankcases) for large diesel and gas engines. The company also produces high-strength parts in a machine-moulding process on a large scale, primarily clutch and brake components for the automotive and commercial vehicle industries. Deutsche Beteiligungs AG acquired a stake in Gienanth as part of a management buyout alongside DBAG Fund VI in 2015.