Wärtsilä and the German company Becker to develop energy-saving propulsion systems

Wärtsilä Corporation, Trade press release 14 December 2006 at 13:00 UTC+2

Wärtsilä and the German company Becker Marine Systems have entered into a co-operation agreement on the optimization of ship propulsion systems.

Becker Marine Systems has annual net sales of EUR 50 million and is the leading supplier of high-performance rudders of all profiles and sizes, as well as related systems. More than 100 professionals form the Becker offices in Germany, the UK, Norway and China. The company has its headquarters in Hamburg, Germany. Agencies around the world complete the company’s global design, sales and service network.

The aim of the co-operation is to develop and market optimized propeller-rudder systems that will save energy, enhance crew and passenger comfort, and ensure maximum manoeuvrability of coastal and seagoing vessels. These newly combined propulsion and manoeuvring systems will be marketed and sold under the well established Wärtsilä brand.

Both companies will keep their commercial independence and continue to market their traditional products individually.

The agreement marks the start of joint development combining the hydrodynamic and constructional capabilities of both companies.

For further information contact Jari Salo, Vice President of Ship Power Propulsor business. Tel. +31 416 388 575, mobile +31 6 5101 6594.

Media contact:
Marit Holmlund-Sund
Public Relations Manager
Wärtsilä Corporation
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e-mail:            marit.holmlund-sund@wartsila.com
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Notes to the editor:
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 13,000 professionals manning 130 Wärtsilä locations in close to 70 countries around the world.