Today Wärtsilä opens a new workshop in Stockholm, Sweden. The new service centre is intended to further increase Wärtsilä’s wide service offering, both for the marine market and power plant and industrial customers. The new workshop will cater to increased demand for additional after-sales support in the region. The workshop is located at Beckholmen, a small island near the centre of Stockholm.
The new, state-of-the-art workshop provides qualified in-situ capacity and field support and offers a wide range of service functions, including propulsion system repairs, engine component overhaul work and other services. Initially, the facility will be served by 12 highly trained personnel, and additional field-service engineers will be recruited during the coming months.
Wärtsilä currently serves the area from Wärtsilä Sweden’s main facilities in Gothenburg on the west coast of Sweden, and since 2006 also from a smaller workshop in Sundbyberg close to Stockholm. Wärtsilä currently employs over 300 people in Sweden.
Mr Bo Dahlén, President & General Manager Services, Wärtsilä in Sweden, says: “Through investing in this workshop we want to ensure the best support for our customers. We have seen an increase in the number of requests for our services on the east coast, and our facilities in Sundbyberg have become too limited to allow us to adequately support these needs. Our marine customers will now have better options for service in the Stockholm area, which might lead to more companies establishing in the region”.
Wärtsilä’s investment in the 700m2 service centre at Beckholmen is based upon the notable increase in shipping traffic along Sweden’s east coast. Several large shipping companies are already operating services from Stockholm, while more and more cruise and ferry vessels are visiting the Swedish capital. The new freight terminal close to Södertälje is also attracting an increase in containership tonnage to the area. The potential for marine services in the area is, therefore, significant.
Ms Tuula Franck
Senior Manager, External Communications
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 2008, Wärtsilä’s net sales totalled EUR 4.6 billion with 19,000 employees. The company has operations in 160 locations in 70 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki, Finland.