Continental’s Chinese parent company buys Thielert assets

AVIC International Holding Corp. (AVIC International), the Chinese-based company that purchased Continental Motors in 2011, has purchased the diesel aircraft engine and manufacturing assets of the former Thielert Aircraft Engines GmbH (Thielert).

The acquisition, through the company’s subsidiary, Technify Motors GmbH, adds the Centurion line of electronically controlled Jet-A (diesel/kerosene) piston engines to its portfolio of general aviation piston engine technology.

Acquired products include the certified Centurion 2.0 series of 135 hp and 155 hp Jet-A engines and the certified Centurion 4.0, 350 hp engine.

Nearly 3,500 Centurion engines have been sold during the line’s 10-year service history, according to AVIC officials.

“AVIC International’s acquisition of Thielert’s assets rounds out the highly successful and popular Continental Motors’ line of gasoline engines acquired by AVIC International in 2011” said Yu Yimin, Senior Vice President of AVIC International, and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Continental Motors, Inc. “It is also the right long-term solution for the market, as this creates a ‘one stop shop’ for both avgas and Jet-A engine solutions backed by the global support capabilities of Continental Motors.”

Although the acquisition is structured as an asset purchase, AVIC International will continue its business model of operating locally by remaining in the Saxony region of Germany, company officials said in a prepared statement.

“The assets acquired include not just the technology, but excellent facilities and manufacturing equipment, which when coupled with the knowledge and experience of the 200 former employees of Thielert provides an excellent base to start operations,” the statement says.

AVIC International will operate two manufacturing locations dedicated to piston aircraft engines, including its original Mobile, Alabama, site and the new St. Egidien, Germany site. Kenneth R. Suda, Executive Vice President of Global Operations for Continental Motors, has been named the Managing Director/President of Technify Motors GmbH and will be responsible for its daily operations.

A full line up of AVGAS and Jet A fueled engines covering the 100, 150, 200+ and 300+ horsepower ranges are now available for sale for OEM applications, STC conversions and existing installations through the Continental Motors’ website (

AVIC International Holding Corporation was set up in 1979 during the initial reform and open policy period and is itself owned by the Chinese government through Aviation Industries of China (AVIC). Headquartered in Beijing, AVIC International delivered over 120 billion RMB (€ 14.8B) in revenue in 2012. The company has over 60,000 employees across 400 subsidiaries and is located in over 180 countries. AVIC International is a diversified company, with holdings in international civil aviation, Trade & Logistics, Retail & High-end Consumables, Real Estate and Hotel Management, Electronics manufacturing, and Natural Resource Development. For more information:

Technify Motors GmbH, a newly formed subsidiary of AVIC International, holds the acquired assets of Thielert and operates the business from its headquarter in St. Egidien, Germany. More information can be found at.

Continental Motors, a wholly-owned subsidiary of AVIC International, is a manufacturer and service provider of certified piston aircraft engines and components used in propeller-driven general aviation aircraft engines. AVIC International acquired Continental Motors in 2011. More information can be found at

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