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Risks and business uncertainties

In the Services business, slow economic growth and political instability in specific regions are the main risks for demand development. The challenging conditions in specific marine market segments are also seen as a potential risk.

In the power generation markets, fragile economic growth and slow decision-making continue to be the primary risks for demand development. Geopolitical tensions and significant currency fluctuations can result in investment decisions being postponed in certain countries. Low oil prices have a similar impact in the oil and gas producing countries. Price pressure resulting from the prevailing competitive environment remains a risk.

Economic and political uncertainty, as well as new emerging technologies and innovations, will challenge current business models and trade patterns in the marine industry. Reduced capital expenditure from oil companies continues to limit offshore investments, and offshore production is facing increasing competition from low cost onshore and shale production. In addition, increasing energy efficiency and the substitution of other energy sources, will impair crude oil demand growth. The enforcement of environmental regulations remains as a source of uncertainty. While the risk of cancellations exists, negotiations to extend existing delivery contracts appear to be a larger risk for shipyard order books.

The Group is a defendant in a number of legal cases that have arisen out of, or are incidental to, the ordinary course of its business. These lawsuits mainly concern issues such as contractual and other liability, labour relations, property damage, and regulatory matters. The Group receives from time to time claims of different amounts and with varying degrees of substantiation. There is currently one unusually sizeable claim. It is the Group’s policy to provide for amounts related to the claims, as well as for litigation and arbitration matters, when an unfavourable outcome is probable and the amount of the loss can be reasonably estimated.

The 2016 annual report contains a more detailed description of Wärtsilä’s risks and risk management.

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