Wärtsilä chooses CEVA Logistics to run its global spare parts transportation services

Wärtsilä Corporation
  • Trade press release
1 September 2008 at 9:00 AM E. Europe Standard Time

Wärtsilä, a market leader in ship power and decentralized power plant solutions and CEVA Logistics, one of the leading supply chain companies in the world,  signed a cooperation agreement for the 24/7 global spare parts transportation management and “control tower” services for Wärtsilä Services. For CEVA, the contract value is approximately EUR 32 million per annum over the next 3 years. The agreement follows Wärtsilä´s earlier announcement of its intention to centralize spare parts logistics and to build a Central Distribution Center facility in the Netherlands. The new operating model is planned to be fully implemented by 2011.

CEVA Logistics will take responsibility for shipments of spare parts to Wärtsilä’s various warehousing facilities in Europe and for the spare parts deliveries to Wärtsilä’s international customers. Until today Wärtsilä’s seven product companies, in Finland, Italy, the Netherlands, France, Sweden, Norway and Switzerland, are responsible for the global logistics of the spare parts for their own products. A centralisation of these activities will result in faster and more efficient spare part deliveries. Key is to provide visibility, transparency and service improvement of all flows.

“Consolidating logistics with a specialised partner will improve customer service globally by allowing parts deliveries 24 hours a day 7 days a week,” comments Mr Tage Blomberg, Group Vice President, Wärtsilä Services. “The set-up will also support our growth targets in the fast moving business environment to become a world class service provider.” adds Blomberg.

“CEVA is very proud to partner with Wärtsilä,” says Mr Onno Meij, Managing Director of CEVA Logistics Benelux, Nordics & France. “The redesign of the spare parts logistics is a program of strategic importance for Wärtsilä and we are honoured to be given the trust to support this important step. We have been preparing the implementation of the transportation consolidation in a joint 24/7 project team during the last months. This teamwork gives the cooperation an excellent position to deliver efficient logistics services to Wärtsilä’s customers.”

For more information please contact:
Wärtsilä Corporation
Tage Blomberg
Group Vice President, Wärtsilä Services
+358 10 709 2425

Eeva Kainulainen
VP, Global Communications
+358 40 568 0591

CEVA Logistics
Bart Barel
+31 6 109 378 46
bart.barel@cevalogistics.com

 

Wärtsilä in brief

Wärtsilä enhances the business of its customers by providing them with complete lifecycle power solutions. When creating better and environmentally compatible technologies, Wärtsilä focuses on the marine and energy markets with products and solutions as well as services. Through innovative products and services, Wärtsilä sets out to be the most valued business partner of all its customers. This is achieved by the dedication of more than 17,000 professionals manning 160 Wärtsilä locations in 70 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on The Nordic Exchange in Helsinki, Finland. For more information, please visit  www.wartsila.com

CEVA. Making Business Flow

CEVA Logistics is a leading global supply chain management company. We provide end-to-end design, implementation and operational solutions in contract logistics and freight forwarding to large and medium-sized national and multinational companies. CEVA employs 54,000 people and runs an extensive global network with facilities in over 100 countries. Following the merger with EGL in August 2007, the new combined company had pro forma sales of € 6.3 billion. For more information, please visit www.cevalogistics.com

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