Wärtsilä' Starts Prop Production in China

Thursday, June 03, 2004
The joint venture company set up by Wärtsilä and CSSC (China State Shipbuilding Corporation) in China to design, manufacture and deliver Fixed Pitch Propeller (FPP) packages has officially started operating at the beginning of June 2004. The new company, called Wärtsilä-CME Zhenjiang Propeller Co. Ltd, is 55%-owned by Wärtsilä and 45%-owned by Zhenjiang CME Co. Ltd (CME), the latter being a wholly owned subsidiary of the CSSC. The move comes at the right time for Wärtsilä as the focus of the world's shipbuilding industry shifts heavily to Asia, notably South Korea, Japan and increasingly China. In 2003, for example, Asian shipyards attracted orders to 1400 new vessels compared with 400 in Europe.

The start-up of propeller manufacturing in China marks a significant step for both Wärtsilä and the Chinese party. It brings Wärtsilä close to its Asian customers, which will help the company serve these customers better. Wärtsilä will also gain from low-cost manufacturing and higher business volume through a local manufacturing. Similarly, local propeller manufacture brings the globally recognized high quality of the Lips brand within reach of Asian shipbuilders.

The joint venture will commence operations in CME's premises in Zhenjiang some 220 km west of Shanghai. The Chinese party is providing the plant's production equipment and personnel, while Wärtsilä's contribution will be the design and manufacturing expertise. The new company will have approximately 260 employees.

Wärtsilä-CME Zhenjiang Propeller Co. Ltd will produce Lips- and Kaida-brand FPPs initially up to a weight of 75 tons but this will be increased to conform market requirement as production equipment is upgraded. FPPs are used in 75 - 80% of all new-build vessels in the world today, typical applications being bulk carriers, container vessels and tankers. The production volume will start at around 1000 tons of propellers a year, growing gradually to an estimated 4000 tons after 10 years.

The joint venture will begin selling in China and through Wärtsilä Sales Network in Asia, its eventual goal is worldwide coverage. Wärtsilä-CME Zhenjiang Propeller Co. Ltd's board of directors has seven members, four from Wärtsilä and three from CME. Mr Richard Wiefelspuett has been appointed Managing Director by Wärtsilä.

Maritime Today


The Maritime Industry's original and most viewed E-News Service

Maritime Reporter May 2016 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Contracts

Naviera Nabia Orders Newbuild from Gondan

Gondan Shipyard signed a new contract for the construction of a new vessel for Naviera Nabia, part of Acuña Group, from Bueu (Pontevedra-Spain). This new catamaran

CMA CGM Proceeds with NOL Takeover after China Okay

CMA CGM, the world's third-largest container shipping firm, is to go ahead with its planned acquisition of Singapore's Neptune Orient Lines (NOL) after receiving regulatory clearance from China,

Technip Bags Statoil's Umbilical Supply Contract

Technip’s wholly-owned subsidiary Technip Umbilicals Ltd.(1) has been awarded a contract by Statoil ASA to supply the umbilical(2) to the Oseberg Vestflanken 2 field offshore Norway.

Marine Propulsion

ABB Saves 700,000 tons Fuel for Marine Vessels

ABB’s environmental friendly Azipod propulsion system brings greater fuel efficiency to diverse shipping segments ABB today announced the total fuel savings

First Cruise Company Fined under Australia’s New Fuel Rules

Australia’s NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has fined Carnival PLC $15,000 after one of its P&O Cruises ships, the Pacific Jewel, breached new low sulfur fuel regulations in Sydney Harbour.

New Low-emission Hybrid Azistern Tug Design

Offshore Ship Designers (OSD) has designed a powerful, low-emission compact e-tug to further augment its Azistern series of vessels. Among other roles, the vessel

 
 
Maritime Security Maritime Standards Navigation Offshore Oil Pod Propulsion Port Authority Salvage Ship Electronics Ship Repair Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.0741 sec (14 req/sec)