ABC - Anglo Belgian Corporation

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Wiedauwkaai 43



Postal address

Wiedauwkaai 43

Ghent , 9000



Tel +32 (0)9 267 00 00

Fax +32 (0)9 267 00 67

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Company information

Anglo Belgian Corporation with headquarters in Gent, Belgium has almost a century of engine-building expertise. The company was founded in 1912 by a group of Belgian entrepreneurs soon after building the first licensed Rudolf Diesel engine.

Despite the reduced possibilities for sales and trading during the two world wars, ABC continued its activities. As the production level was low during these periods a lot of time was spent to research and design with the future in mind. A successor, based on the DU engine-line, was designed soon after and named DX for the naturally aspirated version. Through cooling of the charge-air after the turbo compressor by means of an intercooler, power of the same engine could be doubled, compared to the naturally aspirated engine this engine line was named DXC.

After an injection of capital by the privately owned holding OGEPAR, ABC launched successfully the new DZC engine line. A decade later we extended this DZC product range with V12 and V16 engines with an output of up to 5.000 HP.

Continued innovations have made Anglo Belgian Corporation one of the important manufacturers of Diesel, HFO and dual-fueled medium speed engines, as well as generator sets for today's global energy industry. Anglo Belgian Corporation remains committed to develop more efficient engines which deliver more power and use less fuel while significantly reducing emissions.

A growing installed base provides references in more than 120 countries, supported by factory-certified service technicians available all over the world.

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Headquarters location Wiedauwkaai 43
9000 Ghent
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Wiedauwkaai 43
9000 Ghent
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At the end of the 19th century, with its developed coalmines, its steel industry and its proven railway system, Belgium was one of the most industrialized countries. Under these circumstances, new ideas and developments were born. Therefore one should not be surprised that one of the new developments, Rudolf Diesel's new engine, shortly after it was presented in Germany, found a manufacturer in Belgium.

Rudolf Diesel In December 1896, this engine, which no longer depended on sparks for its ignition, but where ignition starts under the high temperature after compression of air in a combustion chamber, ran for the first time. Only three years later this engine was produced in the company "Carels Brothers" in Gent. One of the brothers Carels, Georges, became a good friend of Rudolf Diesel. Rudolf Diesel was more than just an excellent engineer, he was a philosopher and romanticist. Rudolf Diesel was born on the 18th of March 1858 as the son of a Leatherworker in Bayern and a governess of German origin living in Paris. Rudolf Diesel surprised people with his technical interest, his musical capacities as a pianist and modern artist.

Further he considered himself more as a social philosopher and with his discovery, he first of all thought, that the independent workers, such as jewelers, watchmakers, dentists,... would be spared from the harsh labor of operating the steam machines of the big industrial Companies. The license payments he got made him a millionaire already before the end of the 19th century.

The recognition as a philosopher however, he never obtained. From his book "Solidarity", in 2 bands, in which he described his view on a right Company, he only sold a 200 pieces. Further he failed in the investments he made and knew poverty before he died. His death remains a mystery. On September the 27th of 1913, he took the boat to London for a Conference. During the night he disappeared and was never found back. It is generally believed that he got overboard and drowned. Less than one year later the first World War started and both sides used the discovery of the diesel engine, made to improve human life standards, in ships and U-boats, the deadliest weapon ever used at sea.

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