In February, Wärtsilä opened a new services workshop in Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The new facilities will strengthen Wärtsilä’s presence in Brazil and enable Wärtsilä to support its customers by offering a wide range of workshop services with rapid response times. The workshop will replace the company's current premises in São Cristóvão, Rio de Janeiro. It will feature, among other things, a laboratory for automation and electronic fuel injection, as well as a dedicated marine thruster facility.
In March, Wärtsilä announced the set up of a new fully-owned manufacturing facility in Brazil to meet the increasing market demand, particularly in the offshore market. The manufacturing premises will be based on a multi-product factory concept for the assembly and testing of Wärtsilä’s generating sets and propulsion products. In the initial phase, activities will focus on medium sized, medium-speed generating sets and steerable thrusters, with the possibility to flexibly expand the product range to respond to market needs. The value of Wärtsilä’s investment is approximately EUR 20 million and the facility is scheduled to be fully operational by mid 2014.
During the first quarter, Wärtsilä TMH Diesel Engine Company LLC, a joint venture owned 50/50 by Wärtsilä and Transmashholding, received its first order to supply 12 Wärtsilä 20L generating sets for railway shunter locomotives. The engines will be installed in a series of new TEM 18B diesel shunter locomotives being built by BMZ Bryansk, a subsidiary of Transmashholding.