In January, Wärtsilä and Schneider Electric signed an agreement to collaborate on data centre projects. The objective of the agreement is to work together to open markets for innovative data centre energy optimisation solutions, focusing on hyperscale projects having an electrical load of at least a 10 MW. Wärtsilä will provide the power generation plants, whereas Schneider Electric will focus on energy distribution optimisation.
In February, Wärtsilä announced the expansion of its QuantiServ service offering with the acquisition of Lock-n-Stitch Inc., an American engineering company specialised in cast iron repairs. The acquisition strengthens Wärtsilä’s service portfolio for customers operating multiple brands. Wärtsilä also completed the acquisition of Trident BV, a Netherlands based company specialised in underwater ship maintenance, inspection, and repair services. The acquisition enables Wärtsilä to become a leading global operator in the underwater services market.
In March, Wärtsilä announced the acquisition of Transas, a global market leader in marine navigation solutions, professional training and simulation services, ship traffic control, as well as monitoring and support. Transas leverages the latest in machine learning and artificial intelligence to create a unified cloud-based platform for managing operations across the entire marine ecosystem. The company’s large base of software engineers will play a key role in assisting Wärtsilä with the development of smart products and a digital platform. The acquisition will also speed delivery on Wärtsilä’s promise to disrupt the industry by establishing an ecosystem that is digitally connected across the entire supply chain, through applications that are secure, smart and cloud-based. It represents a considerable step forward towards the realisation of Wärtsilä’s Smart Marine vision, whereby smart vessels connect with smart ports and beyond to deliver three fundamental industry benefits: maximising the use of resources and operational efficiency, minimising environmental impact and risk, and achieving the highest levels of safety and security. The transaction is valued at EUR 210 million (enterprise value) and is expected to be closed during the second quarter of 2018.