In 2007 Wärtsilä invested globally approximately EUR 170 million in production. This year Wärtsilä plans to invest approximately EUR 200 million globally.
Ship owners are paying increasing attention to running costs and environmental factors. Wärtsilä provides solutions that optimize overall efficiencies to meet these requirements. – In Drunen, we have our knowledge centre for propulsion efficiency, as well as the competency to produce efficient propulsion systems. Our propulsion productions in Europe and China make us the world’s leading propeller manufacturer, Mr Johansson added.
The Netherlands is one of the most important marine countries in the world and home to an extensive network of suppliers, efficient shipyards and professional design companies. The Dutch marine markets and service operations are expected to continue growing in the coming years.
Wärtsilä invests EUR 10 million
The expansion is part of an approximately EUR 10 million investment programme at the Drunen factory that is being implemented during 2007 and 2008. Around 100 thrusters a year will be manufactured at the new facilities. These steerable thrusters are used on tugs, offshore support vessels and other special purpose vessels, as well as on oil and gas drilling and production rigs and other offshore applications that require a high degree of manoeuvrability and position keeping. The new capacity will be fully utilised by 2009. The new facilities in Drunen will employ a workforce of 40 once the production capacity is in full use. The additional personnel will be recruited and trained, for the most part, locally.
Employs 1500 people in the Netherlands
Wärtsilä currently employs 1500 people at its four main units in the Netherlands, including approximately 700 people at the Drunen factory, which manufactures propellers and thrusters. A centre of expertise for propulsion systems is also located in Drunen. In addition, Wärtsilä in the Netherlands has operations in Zwolle, Schiedam and Kruiningen. With its extensive marine services operations, employing 950 people, Wärtsilä in the Netherlands is one of the country’s main marine services providers.
Globally Wärtsilä manufactures a total of 1500 propulsion systems annually, including fixed pitch propellers, controllable pitch propellers and thrusters. In addition to the Netherlands, Wärtsilä manufacturers propellers in Norway, Spain and China.