Media at Wärtsilä in Norway

New signal building opened in Rubbestadneset

Wärtsilä Norway, Local Press Release, 21 October

Today President of Wärtsilä Norway, Mr Sveinung Hansen, opened the company’s modernised head office in Rubbestadneset. The new building has been designed to increase professional and collegial energy, benefitting both Wärtsilä Norway and the company’s customers.

Friday 21 October Wärtsilä Norway’s new head office in Rubbestadneset was officially opened by the company’s President, Mr Sveinung Hansen. Present at the opening were also the Mayor of Bømlo, Mr Inge Reidar Kallevåg, representatives from the landlord and contractors, as well as Wärtsilä employees in Rubbestadneset.

”This is a great day for Wärtsilä Norway. Our new headquarters has become a great signal building with a clear Wärtsilä profile both internally and externally. More efficient use of space means that we have been able to gather more of our people in one place. The new premises are modern, more energy efficient and adapted for a better working and collaboration environment. All this helps to strengthen us in our daily work, for the benefit of Wärtsilä Norway and our customers” says Sveinung Hansen.

Several functions under one roof
The new administration building has been extended and modernised during two constructional stages. The first stage included extending Wärtsilä’s existing office facilities, which have been in use since 1974, by approximately 1100 square meters. The next stage was to completely refurbish the old administration building. The landlord, LOS Eiendom AS, has managed the project. In total, the head office now contains 150 office spaces. This is an increase of 55 spaces, which has made it possible to house several key functions under the same roof. In addition to the main administration of the company, the new headquarter today also houses several functions for Services, Delivery Centre Norway's departments for order intake, scheduling and purchasing, and Wärtsilä Norway’s engineering and R&D environment for propulsion systems.

“After being located in various temporary offices in the Wärtsilä facilities for a number of years, my department is now located together in one office landscape in the new administration building. This makes it a lot easier for us to communicate and support each other in the daily work internally in the department. We are also located closer to other departments which we interact closely with, and this is positive for the co-operation between the departments” says Torstein Rasmussen, General Manager for the eleven employees in Order Intake & Planning in Rubbestadneset.

More environmentally friendly
As a leading supplier of environmental technology, it has also been important for Wärtsilä to have an environmentally friendly headquarter. Energy consumption in the new building is estimated to 140 kWh per square meter per year, which means that Wärtsilä will save more than half of the energy costs compared to the old building.

“This is achieved with modern building technology, heat recovery and management system for efficient energy use” explains Finance Director in Wärtsilä Norway, Øyvind Harald Eskeland.

For further information, please contact:

Mr Sveinung Hansen
Wärtsilä Norway
Tel: 917 53 434

Mr Øyvind Harald Eskeland
Finance Director
Wärtsilä Norway
Tel: 918 53 400

Wärtsilä in brief
Wärtsilä is a global leader in complete lifecycle power solutions for the marine and energy markets. By emphasising technological innovation and total efficiency, Wärtsilä maximises the environmental and economic performance of the vessels and power plants of its customers. In 2010, Wärtsilä’s net sales totalled EUR 4.6 billion with more than 17,500 employees. The company has operations in 160 locations in 70 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki, Finland.

In Norway, Wärtsilä employs over 1000 professionals who develop and deliver industry leading products and solutions to ships and offshore installations worldwide.