Construction of Wärtsilä’s new central distribution centre officially begins in the Netherlands

Wärtsilä Corporation, Press release 9 September 2009 at 09:00 UTC+2

With the drilling of 1000 pillars, Wärtsilä has officially begun construction of its Central Distribution Centre (CDC), located in Kampen, Netherlands. The realisation of this centre is one of the milestones towards establishing a new global parts and logistics organisation, Wärtsilä Global Logistics Services (WGLS). This new unit will enable Wärtsilä to supply parts world-wide, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. This 24/7 service strategy will improve both delivery time and performance for the customers.

The new facility will allow Wärtsilä to centralise its spare parts logistics from eight existing, product-line specific spare parts warehouses, to a single central distribution centre. This centre will be fully operational by the end of 2011 and will deliver spare parts to customers and Wärtsilä service locations around the globe. By using one global logistic centre, and through the creation of a highly efficient logistics flow, Wärtsilä will be better positioned to serve both customers and suppliers, as well as its own service organisation. Wärtsilä´ global service network continues to serve the customers in all services and repairs. Wärtsilä has service units in 160 locations in 70 countries.

 “By building this Central Distribution Centre, Wärtsilä is optimising its 24/7 service approach all over the world. This, in combination with our centralised logistics management, will result in faster and more efficient spare parts deliveries to our customers,” says Carsten Eisenkrämer, Vice President, WGLS.

“The development of the CDC at Kampen strengthens Wärtsilä´s unique global service approach," says Fred van Beers, Managing Director of Wärtsilä Netherlands. “From the Netherlands, we can transport our spare parts quickly to any country in the world, and this is a natural location for logistics,” adds van Beers.

The co-operation between Wärtsilä and the municipality of Kampen has worked extremely smoothly. Kampen’s Alderman of Economic Affairs, Pieter Treep, commented as follows: “The Zuiderzeehaven is a symbol of Kampen’s development into the 21st century, and the new Wärtsilä facility is a highly important part of this development.”

Wärtsilä made decision to build the Central Distribution Centre in 2008.

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.


Fact sheet CDC
- Built-up area of 37,000 m2
- Possibility to expand
- Warehouse for all parts from very small to extremely large, such as engine parts over 50,000 kg
- Partly automatic and partly manually operated
- Over 60,000 pallet locations and over 60,000 totes in mini-load
- Wärtsilä has its own quay at the Zuiderzeehaven, with sea transport possibility
- Next to N50 highway and the river Ijssel, for road transport 
- Total Investment of approximately EUR 70 million
- Good logistics connections to Rotterdam, Hamburg and to Schiphol (Amsterdam) airport
- Location will reduce emissions from transportation


More information:
Eeva Kainulainen,
Vice President, Global Communications
Wärtsilä Corporation
Tel +358 40 568 0591

Ellen de Jong
Communication, Wärtsilä Netherlands B.V.
Tel: +31 (0)38 – 425 3451 or +31 (0)6 – 5191 3865