As a brand MaK engines have enjoyed a reputation for robust and reliable engines and indeed many of their older MaK 453 AK and MaK 551 AK engines are still running and giving good service. In the past they used to manufacture a very high proportion of their own components, owning their own foundry in Kiel.
The current range of engines, including the MaK M20, M25, M32 and M43, cover the power range from 1,020 to 18,000 kW with rotational speed from 500 to 1,000 rpm. These engines have proved popular with operators both for propulsion purposes as well as for power generation.
As with many other four stroke engines we are able to offer a number of options in order to ensure optimum valve rotation where operating conditions are particularly severe.
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(Pictured right: a recent overhaul of an MaK 32C cylinder head, carried out at Lincoln Diesels).
Under the terms of the Treaty of Versailles arms production in Germany was strictly limited and in 1918 Albert Ballin established Deutsche Werft A.G. with a view to building commercial ships and to exploiting other commercial markets. Deutsche Werft’s production of diesel engines for marine and locomotive applications can be traced back to 1922 and was based in the Kiel works. Following the defeat of Germany in 1945, the Deutsche Werft yards and factories were very largely destroyed and it was not under 1948 that diesel engine production commenced again, this time under the name of Maschinenbau Kiel. Originally the brand name was MAK, but MAN commenced a lengthy legal dispute complaining that this was too similar to their name. In the end (1954) it was agreed that the name should change to MaK.
Until the 1990’s MaK diesel production focussed on tank engines for the Leopard and Leopard 2, locomotive engines primarily for the Deutsche Bundesbahn and engines for marine propulsion and power generation applications. During the 1990’s the tank engine business was sold to Rheinmetall, the locomotive business to Siemens and then Vossloh and finally the marine and power generation business was sold to Caterpillar in 1997.