New two-stroke licensee in China

19 Jul 2011
From left to right: Zhang Haisen, GM CME; Shao Yu, deputy GM CMD; Qin Wenquan, GM HHM; Andrew Stump, business manager - merchant ship power, Wärtsilä China; Urs Huwiler, license director Wärtsilä China; Martin Wernli, president Wärtsilä Switzerland; Lu Xiaoyan, VP CSSC; Perttu Henttonen, director licence contracts & legal compliance Wärtsilä Switzerland; Guo Xiwen, chief economist CSSC; Yu Baoshan, board chairman GMD; Cao Minghua, GM purchasing dept CSTC

From left to right: Zhang Haisen, GM CME; Shao Yu, deputy GM CMD; Qin Wenquan, GM HHM; Andrew Stump, business manager - merchant ship power, Wärtsilä China; Urs Huwiler, license director Wärtsilä China; Martin Wernli, president Wärtsilä Switzerland; Lu Xiaoyan, VP CSSC; Perttu Henttonen, director licence contracts & legal compliance Wärtsilä Switzerland; Guo Xiwen, chief economist CSSC; Yu Baoshan, board chairman GMD; Cao Minghua, GM purchasing dept CSTC

Wärtsilä has signed a licence agreement with CSSC Guangzhou Marine Diesel (GMD), part of the state-owned China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC), for the manufacture and sale of Wärtsilä two-stroke engines in China.

The licence covers the entire engine portfolio, encompassing a power range between 4,300kW and more than 80,000kW per engine.

With the current concentration of shipbuilding in Asia, Wärtsilä regards local manufacture of its marine engines as a key element in its growth strategy. GMD is based near to the major Chinese city of Guangzhou and the special administrative region of Hong Kong. The company was established in 2008, and Wärtsilä considers that its modern production, testing and workshop facilities make it an ideal partner in targeting the Chinese shipbuilding market. Wärtsilä expects the first engines to be produced by GMD at the end of 2011.

The signing ceremony took place on July 19 in Guangzhou, China and was attended by representatives of both companies, headed by Lu Xiaoyan, vice president of CSSC and Martin Wernli, president of Wärtsilä Switzerland. Wärtsilä now has a network of 18 licensees manufacturing two-stroke engines. These are located mainly in Asia (Japan, Korea, China, Vietnam), alongside European licensees in Croatia, Poland and Russia, plus South America (Brazil).

"China's burgeoning growth in shipbuilding capacity during recent years has stimulated the rapid development of the marine diesel engine market. We are, therefore, delighted to have formed this partnership with CSSC Guangzhou Marine Diesel Engine Co., Ltd, and have every confidence that this agreement will enhance Wärtsilä's presence in this region," said Martin Wernli.

"CSSC and Wärtsilä have been working together for 33 years, going back to July 17, 1978. This co-operation has been a factor in promoting the fast development of China's engine manufacturing industry, leading to a win-win situation for both companies," said Guo Xiwen, chief economist of CSSC.

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