Agreement reached between Wärtsilä and Meloni on the manufacturing of welded parts

Wärtsilä Corporation, Press release 18 December 2001 at 02:01 UTC+2

Wärtsilä Italia S.p.A. and Meloni Heavy Industries S.p.A. have today finalised an agreement concerning the manufacturing of welded parts. By signing this agreement Wärtsilä transfers its entire Component Factory business in Italy including assets and resources to Meloni on 1 January 2002. The transfer of about 115 skilled operators to Meloni will ensure the manufacturing of welded structures and components, enabling the business to continue uninterrupted in both companies. After considering different possibilities Meloni was chosen as a suitable partner with the right knowhow and structure to continue and further develop the welding activities related to the engines produced by Wärtsilä Italy. Meloni was at the same time looking for more production space in order to be able to develop its activities and found suitable facilities in the Component Factory covering 29,000 m2 at Wärtsilä’s premises in Trieste. Through this agreement signed today Wärtsilä likewise has reached its aim to concentrate on its core production activities in engine manufacturing, while ensuring continuity in the supply of components through a local supplier.

About Meloni
Meloni Heavy Industries, a company controlled by Meloni S.p.A., was recently established to acquire and operate the Component Factory of Wärtsilä Italia S.p.A., as well as to transfer and to develop in Trieste the manufacture of large-capacity cranes. Meloni S.p.A, registered in Tolentino (MC), specialises in the manufacture of hoisting equipment such as bridge cranes, gantry cranes, jib cranes, yard cranes, special lifting equipment and conveyor belts. Meloni has been operating for 50 years. The company employs about 80 people and has a well-established organisation covering the sale, technology, manufacturing, installation and after-sales activities related to all its products.

About Wärtsilä
Wärtsilä Corporation is the leading global ship power supplier and a major provider of solutions for decentralised power generation and of supporting services. In addition Wärtsilä operates a Nordic engineering steel company and manages substantial shareholdings to support the development of its core business. Wärtsilä provides complete solutions for power generation and marine propulsion. The company designs, manufactures, licenses, sells and services Wärtsilä and Sulzer engines with unit outputs of 500 - 80,000 kW, and installations based on them. Net sales last year amounted to 2,706 million euros, and personnel at the year end totalled 10,564. 

Wärtsilä Italia S.p.A. (WIT), with main activities and a factory in Trieste, employs 1,200 people. The 550,000 m2 Trieste site has 150,000 m2 of workshop and office premises. Modern inspection and testing techniques supported by a large number of high-precision machine tools including fully automated flexible lines, ensure high-quality production standards.


Erik Pettersson
Wärtsilä Corporation
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