Wärtsilä extends licence agreement to Yichang Marine Diesel, China

Wärtsilä Corporation, Trade press release, 22 February 2007 at 10:00 UTC+2

Wärtsilä Switzerland Ltd and Yichang Marine Diesel Engine Plant (YMD) of Yichang, China, jointly signed an agreement in January 2007 to extend the existing licence agreement for the manufacture and sale of Wärtsilä low-speed marine diesel engines. The new agreement enables YMD to deliver also certain types of low-speed engines designed and developed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd, Japan. Wärtsilä Switzerland Ltd is fully owned by Wärtsilä Corporation, Finland, and is Wärtsilä’s centre for low-speed marine diesel engines.

YMD currently manufactures Wärtsilä low-speed marine engines between 48 and 70 cm bore. These include the Wärtsilä RT-flex50 electronically-controlled common-rail engine, of 5,800–13,280 kW output, which is tailored exactly to the propulsion requirements of various sizes of bulk carriers in the handymax to panamax size range, product tankers and feeder container vessels.

With the new agreement, YMD will also sell and manufacture Mitsubishi low-speed marine engines of small bore size up to 50 cm which cover a power range of 1,230–13,280 kW. These will be delivered to Chinese shipyards.

This extension to the Wärtsilä licence is made in the framework of the strategic alliance formed in August 2005 in the field of two stroke diesel engines by Wärtsilä and Mitsubishi.

YMD is one of the leading engine manufacturing companies in China and is a member of the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC). It started the manufacture of low-speed diesel engines in 1983, and today supplies low-speed diesel engines with power output from 3,000 to 17,000 kW, together with related services and after-sales support.

This agreement will thus further deepen and expand the long-term co-operation between Wärtsilä and Mitsubishi, as well as CSIC and enable YMD to meet the high market demand for low-speed marine engines.

Media contacts:

Martin Wernli
Wärtsilä Switzerland Ltd
Direct tel: +41 52 262 2686
e-mail:  martin.wernli@wartsila.com 

Mr Zhao Zong Hua
Yichang Marine Diesel Engine Plant (YMD)
Direct tel:  +86 717 646 8885
e-mail:  ymd@ymd.com.cn

Marit Holmlund-Sund
Public Relations Manager
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

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 14,000 professionals manning 130 Wärtsilä locations in close to 70 countries around the world.