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Wärtsilä’s R&D operations - strengthening the technology leadership position

Wärtsilä is strongly committed to Research & Development. The aim of the R&D activities is to continuously strengthen the company’s technology leadership position, and to further improve its competitive edge in the global marine and energy markets.

The key areas of Wärtsilä’s research & development operations are medium-speed diesel and gas engines, low-speed engines, propulsion products, including propulsion thrusters, fixed and controllable pitch propellers, as well as gear-box systems, seals, and bearings, including their integration. Other technologies, such as fuel cells and the use of biofuels in combustion engines, are also central areas of research.

In addressing the future challenges of tightening emission regulations, we seek to achieve the best possible economic and environmental performance for our customers.

Wärtsilä puts significant emphasis on the energy efficiency and fuel flexibility of its engines. The company also strives to make its production processes more efficient and to have the capability for greater versatility. This is achieved through the further development of critical components, and with the strong co-operation of suppliers. Wärtsilä’s goal is to offer a broader range of solutions to serve a wider variety of applications, and to produce products that meet the needs of all its customers.

The dynamics of the global energy and shipping markets are undergoing profound change. Customers are requiring increased lifecycle reliability, and competitive pricing, as well as greater fuel savings and stronger environmental performance for all products. Wärtsilä is committed to an intense focus on R&D, and to setting up a new and competitive technology base to meet these current and future challenges.

Wärtsilä’s R&D activities employ over 700 experts globally. The company’s research centres are located in Vaasa, Espoo and Turku in Finland, Trieste in Italy, Winterthur in Switzerland, Havant and Slough in the UK, Drunen in the Netherlands, Rubbestadneset, Stord and Trondheim in Norway, Bermeo in Spain, and Toyama in Japan.