Wärtsilä strengthens its presence in Ukraine – a new office to serve customers

Wärtsilä Corporation, Press release, 19 December 2008 at 10:00 UTC+2

Wärtsilä has opened a new office in Odessa, Ukraine, to meet the increased demand for land- and ship-based power plant installations from customers based across Ukraine. The new office is manned by eight people. From its Odessa office Wärtsilä will look to expand its sales and services towards Crimea, Mariupol and Kiev.

Anatoliy Porkunov, Managing Director, Wärtsilä Ukraine, said: “Ukraine is an important region for Wärtsilä. It has vast potential for us. The new facility provides us with presence in a geographically important area and we can be closer to our customers, responding more quickly to their requirements. Until now, Wärtsilä’s Ukrainian customers were served from Wärtsilä in Estonia. Our Ukrainian customers are happy to have a local presence with local man-power.”

Odessa - hub of many shipping companies

Odessa, the Ukraine’s major seaport, on the edge of the Black Sea, is home to a number of state- and privately-owned shipping companies. Wärtsilä also sees potential to develop its land-based power plant business.

For more information please contact:

Mr Anatoliy Porkunov
Managing Director
Wärtsilä Ukraine LLC
Mitna Sq. 1A
65026, Odessa, Ukraine
Tel:  +380 48 785 8570
Fax:  +380 48 785 8571
e-mail: anatoliy.porkunov@wartsila.com

Ms Marit Holmlund-Sund
Senior Manager, PR and Marketing Communications
Wärtsilä Corporation
Direct tel: +358 10 709 1439
Direct fax: +358 10 709 1425
e-mail: marit.holmlund-sund@wartsila.com
Internet: www.wartsila.com

Wärtsilä Corporation in brief:
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 over 18,000 professionals manning 160 locations in 70 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on the Nordic Exchange in Helsinki, Finland.