Wärtsilä builds engines hand in hand with Chinese
CSSC Wärtsilä Engine Co. (CWEC), the joint venture formed between Wärtsilä and China State Shipbuilding Corporation has launched a new factory in Shanghai.
CWEC has already booked orders for more than 70 engines and is focused on the cruise, ferry, LNG carrier, offshore, special vessel and large container ship markets, all of which are strategic growth areas for the Chinese shipbuilding sector.
The 20 000-square metre plant has a planned production capacity of 180 engines per year.
The factory will manufacture locally large-bore, medium speed diesel and dual-fuel (DF) engines and smaller medium speed diesel and DF engines.
“Being close to our customers in order to serve them better is central to Wärtsilä’s global strategy,” comments Wärtsilä’s president and CEO, Jaakko Eskola. “We are, therefore, extremely pleased to officially open this modern production facility, the first in China capable of producing DF engines, which will serve China’s shipbuilding industry with high quality, technologically advanced Wärtsilä marine engines.”