About Wärtsilä in Norway


Wärtsilä in Norway has more than 100 years experience in the marine industry.

The beginning

The history of Wärtsilä in Norway starts at the turn of the last century. In Rubbestadneset, Martines Haldorsen operated a forge where he produced agricultural implements. Transportation of people and goods to and from the forge was usually done by sailboat or rowing boat, and these trips could be very strenuous. In 1903 Haldor A. Haldorsen, son of the blacksmith, therefore constructed a single-cylinder 2 hp two-stroke engine. The engine was immediately installed in a boat and equipped with a self-constructed controllable pitch propeller. The first Wichmann propulsion system (PROPAC) was a reality and the product soon became a success. The market was unlimited and the business grew fast.

  Employees 1918-1920   
Employees 1918 - 1920. Martines Haldorsen (with hat) in front on the left. Haldor on his right. 

Important milestones

1903 - Company founded - 1st engine produced
1928 - First hydraulically operated CP Propeller delivered
1938 - The first Diesel Engine produced
1976 - Factory area expansion. 520 employees.
1986 - Wärtsilä taking over
1988 - First Wärtsilä Gearbox delivered
1991 - Floating dock purchased, capacity 4.500 tons
1995 - Propeller no. 6000 delivered
1998 - Last Wichmann engine delivered
1998 - Propac deliveries exceeding 100 units per year
2000 - Alliance with John Crane-Lips
2002 - Wärtsilä Propulsion established
2006 - New Wärtsilä acquisition, WANO established
2007 - The three Wärtsilä companies in Norway integrated into one company
2008 - Wärtsilä acquires global ship design group Vik-Sandvik AS
2008 - Gear number 1000 delivered
2008 - Wärtsilä exceeds 1000 employees in Norway
2011 - Wärtsilä aquires the global engineering company Hamworthy with 200 employees in Norway.
2014 - Wärtsilä announces the aquisition of L-3 Marine Systems International