Andrzej Jeziorski/MUNICH

ATTEMPTS TO PULL together a co-operation agreement between German engine maker MTU Munchen and local rival BMW Rolls-Royce have collapsed. The Daimler-Benz Aerospace (DASA) subsidiary says that it is looking once again to Pratt & Whitney as the long-term strategic partner for MTU.

The DASA subsidiary says that all hope of co-operation with BMW R-R has now faded, a view mirrored by its rival.

BMW chairman Bernd Pischetsrieder says that BMW's merger offer to MTU never received a reply, and that this is now being interpreted as a negative response.

MTU president and chief executive Rainer Hertrich says, "It is clear, that it's not possible for the BMW and Rolls-Royce people, to buy MTU as it is. There is no more discussion about a merger and there is also no more discussion about other kinds of collaboration." BMW R-R had hoped that MTU would build the low-pressure turbine for the BR715 engine. That work is now likely to go to R-R.

Source: Flight International