Construction of the new production facilities for Wärtsilä Yuchai Engine Co., Ltd, the joint venture owned 50/50 by Wärtsilä and Yuchai Marine Power Co. Ltd., is proceeding according to plan. The company will manufacture Wärtsilä 20, Wärtsilä 26 and Wärtsilä 32 medium-speed marine engines to serve the increasingly dominant Chinese shipbuilding industry. Production is planned to begin in mid 2014.
The Wärtsilä TMH Diesel Engine Company LLC factory is expected to begin production during the first quarter of 2014.
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.
In February, Wärtsilä continued to expand its service network by opening a new service workshop in Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.