Volvo Penta is a Swedish company, part of the Volvo Group , a manufacturer of marine and industrial engines.
- 1 History
- 2 Activities
- 3 notes
- 4 References
Penta was founded in 1907 in the city of Schövde (Sweden) to develop the first marine engine B1. There are two versions of the origin of the name Penta. According to one version, five people took part in the development of the first engine. According to another, only the fifth set of drawings was approved for creating a motor in iron. Penta engines quickly became popular. In 1927, Penta received an order to supply engines for the production of Volvo's first passenger car.
In 1935, Volvo bought Penta shares and since then Volvo Penta has been part of the Volvo Group.
Volvo Penta supplies engines and power plants for pleasure boats and yachts, as well as boats intended for commercial use (“working” boats) and diesel power plants for ships and industrial applications. The engine range consists of diesel and gasoline components, with power from 10 to 1000 hp.
Volvo Penta has a dealer network of 4,000 companies in various parts of the world.
Among the company's innovations in shipbuilding are the swivel column and Duoprop counter-rotary propellers. In recent years, Volvo Penta has proposed a new propulsion system  with pulling screws and a joystick to control it.