100-year history

1919~2019

◆Pioneering engines ahead of their time◆
M4Z
L6H
LN4C
MN6C
LN6G
LH6Z
LH4W
K8H
K6D
LH6X
T4R(S)
TN4D(TN6D)
L6F25
DMH17
M6F28S
M6DS
M6F26R
TN8E
HP90
L7F25BG(S)
12V25HS
DML61Z
16V33XB
Geislinger coupling
16V40X
6L25BX
16PC2-5V
6L13AHS
6PA5L
6L13AHS-G
DMF31SD
MAN-B&W NR-20R
16V32C(L)X
DMF13HZ(A)
6M28BT
6NSD(6L16CX)
6L28HX
16V33CX-G
16V46HX
16V16FX
16V26HX-G
6MG41HX
16V20FX
16V34HLX
6L22HLX
8L22AG
6MG17HX
18V28AG
6MG28AHX
6L17AHX
12V28AHX
18V28AGS
6MG28AHX-DF
1919 Japan’s first marine diesel engine the M4Z developed.
1920 The Kamata Plant dedicated to produce the internal combustion engine became operational. The L6H (300 PS) was delivered as a power generation engine for use on land.
1926 The LN4C (500 PS) and S3Z (100 PS) were developed.
1927 The MN6C (750 PS) was delivered for use on Japan’s first diesel trawler.
1928 The LN6G (1,650 PS) was developed as the most powerful land engine in Japan as of 1928.
1931 The four-cylinder 375 PS gas engine was delivered.
1933 The LH6Z (85 PS) was delivered as Japan’s first diesel engine for railcars.
The LH4W (50 PS) was developed for use on trucks.
1934 Our engine production reached a cumulative total of 150,000 PS.
The K8H (750 PS) and K6D (500 PS) were delivered for use on diesel locomotives.
1935 The LH6X (100 PS) and LH8X (130 PS) were developed for use on diesel locomotives.
1936 One of Japan’s largest foundries built in Niigata.
The T4R (120 PS) and T4S (100 PS) were developed for use on fishing boats.
1937 The T6YBS (525 PS) was developed as our first engine with a turbocharger.
The TN6D (900 PS) was delivered for use on the world’s first diesel catcher boat. Engine braking method devised at the same time.
1939 The Urawa Plant opened.
Dedicated R&D division set up at the Kamata Plant opened in 1918.
Steel casting plant built in Niigata.
1943 The Muikamachi Branch Plant established.
1945 The Kamata Plant burned and lost due to air-raid bombing.
1950 The L6F25 (300 PS) was developed as a power generation engine. This laid the foundation for the development of our subsequent medium-size engines.
1951 Our engine production reached a cumulative total of 1 million PS.
The DMH17 (160 PS) was developed for use on Japan National Railway’s diesel railcars.
The horizontal engine DMH17H (180 PS) was developed on the basis of the DMH17 (160 PS).
1953 Equipped with a turbocharger manufactured by D. Napier & Son Limited (UK), the M6F28S (550 PS) and M6DS (1,000 PS) were delivered for use on a merchant ship and to a fisherman’s high school, respectively.
1954 The M6F26R (350 PS) was delivered for use on fishing boats.
The world’s first engine with exhaust inertial supercharging achieved a 17-percent increase in output power as compared with conventional engines.
1956 Contract signed with D. Napier & Son Limited (UK) for technical cooperation on turbochargers.
The TN8E (2,400 PS) was delivered for use on the Antarctic observation ship Soya.
1957 The Kamata Plant developed the first unit of the HP90 equipped with a Napier-supplied turbocharger.
1959 The L7F25BG (300 PS) was delivered as an environmentally friendly engine (fermented methane gas fueled).
The 12V25HS (1,500 PS) was developed as our first highly charged four-valve medium-speed engine.
1960 Our engine production reached a cumulative total of 2 million PS.
1961 The DML61Z (12SVA) was developed for use on diesel locomotives.
1962 Our engine production reached a cumulative total of 2.5 million PS.
1963 The 16V33XA (3,000 kW) was developed as the most powerful model among our highly charged V-Type medium-speed engines.
1964 The Niigata Earthquake damaged our plants in the Niigata area.
The 16V33XB (3,000 kW) was delivered as a power generation engine for use in broadcasting stations.
1965 Reconstruction started of our plants in Niigata area.
1966 The Niigata Engine Plant and Niigata Foundry opened.
1967 Our engine production reached a cumulative total of 4 million PS.
Technical cooperation contract signed with Geislinger GmbH (Austria).
The 40X series of large engines was developed.
1968 The type MN-600 reversing gear developed and delivered in combination with the 6M26KGHS (650 PS) for use on fishing boats.
1970 The Muikamachi Plant converted into a turbocharger manufacturing plant.
The 25BX completed. First unit was delivered for use on a 5,000-GT whaling ship.
The 6MQG31EZ (8,000 PS) was delivered for use on fisheries patrol boats (four-engine-single-shaft).
Eleven units of 16V40X (5,000 kW) delivered for use in power plants.
1972 Our engine production reached a cumulative total of 8 million PS.
The 6M40EX (3,000 PS) was developed as a marine main engine.
With a view to ensuring compliance with stricter environmental regulations, we started research on low NOx emission engines.
1973 Contract signed with SEMT for technical cooperation on PC engines.
1976 The Ohta Plant opened.
1977 Contract signed with Ssangyong Heavy Industries Co., Ltd., (South Korea) for technology transfer of two medium-speed models and three low-speed models.
1978 “Fraiki”, a big-catch flag, Series (6-13AHS and 6-16X-A) launched to the market.
1979 Our engine production reached a cumulative total of 14 million PS.
Contract signed with SEMT for joint development of PA5.
1981 The dual-fuel engine 6L16X-AG (200 kW) was delivered as an environmentally friendly engine (digestion gas fueled).
1982 The spark-ignition gas engine 6L13AHS-G was delivered.
The DMF31SD (500 PS) was delivered for use on diesel locomotives.
1985 Contract signed with MAN-B&W GmbH for technical cooperation on turbochargers.
1986 The 16V32CX (5,500 kW) was delivered for industrial power generation use.
The 32CLX was developed on the basis of the 16V32CX (5,500 kW).
The DMF13HZ (330 PS) was delivered for use on diesel railcars for trains.
The 6M28BT (1,400 PS) was developed as a marine main engine.
1987 The 6NSD (6L16CX) was delivered as a main engine for small vessels.
1988 Our engine production reached a cumulative total of 20 million PS.
The 28HX was developed. This best-seller model is still on sale.
1991 The 33CX-G gas engine was developed on the basis of the 32CX.
1992 The 16V46HX (10,000 kW) was delivered as a power generation engine.
1993 Our engine production reached a cumulative total of 25 million PS.
The 18V33CX-G (4,000 kW) was delivered as a gas engine co-generation unit, the most powerful in Japan as of 1993.
The 16V16FX (2,750 PS) was delivered as a main engine for high-speed vessels.
The 16V26HX-G and 16V33CX-G were exported to Denmark for power generation use.
1994 The Niigata Gas Turbine Plant opened in Niigata Prefecture.
The 6MG41HX (6,000 PS) was developed as a marine main engine.
NOx reduction devices for marine environmental equipment delivered to fisherman’s high schools.
1997 Technical cooperation contract signed with Allen Power Engineering (APE).
The 16V20FX (5,440 PS) was developed as a main engine for large high-speed vessels.
16V34HLX (7,750 kW) was developed as a large power generation engine.
1998 The 6L22HLX (1,900 PS) was delivered as a tugboat main engine.
1999 Contract signed with General Electric (United States) for sales cooperation on power generation diesel engines.
The 6L22HLX (1,900 PS) was delivered as a tugboat main engine.
2000 Announcement made on prototype engine development for micro-pilot gas engines.
2002 The micro-pilot gas engine 8L22AG (1,260 kW) was delivered for use in factories.
Catching needs for power enhancement of high-speed engines for small fishing boats, we delivered the 6MG17HX engines with an output power of 736 kW.
2003 Niigata Power Systems Co., Ltd., and Nico Precision Co., Ltd., established (Feb. 3).
2005 The 18V28AG gas engine achieved the world’s highest power generation efficiency of 47.6 percent.
2008 The 28AHX was developed as an environment-friendly next-generation engine.
2010 The 6MG28AHX (3,000 PS) was delivered as a ferry main engine.
2011 The 17AHX was developed as a small size power generation engine.
2012 Japan’s first hybrid propulsion system was delivered for use on tugboats.
2014 Our engine production reached a cumulative total of 40 million PS.
The marine dual-fuel engine 6L28AHX-DF was developed to comply with the IMO NOx Tier III regulations.
Announcement made on development of the world’s most efficient V28AHX diesel engine.
The spark-ignition gas engine 18V28AGS (6,000 kW) was delivered for use in overseas factories.
2015 The dual-fuel engine 6L28AHX-DF (1,920 PS) was delivered for use on Japan’s first LNG fueled tugboat.
2019 The centennial anniversary of the Niigata Diesel Engine.