Wärtsilä extends market reach through deeper service partnership with VR Group

Wärtsilä Corporation, Press release, 28 May 2018 at 13:00 UTC+2
  • VR locomotive (© VR Group)

The technology group Wärtsilä and VR Group, a national railway operator owned by the Finnish State, deepen their partnership as Wärtsilä begins to recondition the engines of diesel locomotives. The agreement significantly extends the previous relationship between the companies. For VR Group, the agreement ensures professional and flexible maintenance and reconditioning services of its diesel locomotives.

Under this agreement, Wärtsilä will be in charge of reconditioning and test running of over 200 diesel engines on 191 locomotives of three different types. Additionally, the agreement covers the maintaining of spare part storage and ad-hoc support when needed. The spare parts for the engines are supplied by QuantiParts, the fully owned subsidiary of Wärtsilä. Wärtsilä estimates that the volume of engines that need to be reconditioned is approximately 20–25 engines annually.

“For several decades, Wärtsilä has been our trusted partner in service and modernisation projects for our locomotive diesel engines. Now when we are outsourcing the reconditioning of our diesel engines, we are happy to expand our cooperation with a professional partner like Wärtsilä to also cover these services,” says Kimmo Soini, Senior Vice President, Maintenance at VR Group.

“We are very proud that VR decided to deepen its cooperation with us and trust the servicing of its diesel engines to us. Now VR Group has at its disposal the most modern and flexible service resources that enable them to further optimise their efficient operations,” says Peter Guldbrand, General Manager Sales, Service Unit Baltic & Black Sea at Wärtsilä Services.

VR Group is a versatile, environmentally friendly and responsible travel, logistics and infrastructure engineering service company owned by the Finnish State. VR Group operates mainly in Finland but it also has business operations abroad, in particular in Russia and Sweden.

Image caption: VR uses Dv12 diesel locomotives, among others. Wärtsilä will take responsibility of their reconditioning. (Image © VR Group)

For further information, please contact:

Peter Guldbrand
GM Sales, Services Unit Baltic & Black Sea
Wärtsilä Services
Tel: +358 40 837 3886

Hanna Viita
Director, Marketing
Wärtsilä Services
Tel: +358 40 167 1755

Wärtsilä Services in brief

Wärtsilä Services provides high-quality lifecycle services that enhance customers’ business. Its broad range of services supports both shipping and power generation companies, whenever and wherever needed. Solutions range from spare parts and basic support to ensuring the maximised lifetime, increased efficiency and guaranteed performance of the customer’s equipment or installation – in a safe, reliable, and environmentally sustainable way.

Wärtsilä in brief
Wärtsilä is a global leader in smart technologies and complete lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. By emphasising sustainable innovation, total efficiency and data analytics, Wärtsilä maximises the environmental and economic performance of the vessels and power plants of its customers. In 2017, Wärtsilä’s net sales totalled EUR 4.9 billion with approximately 18,000 employees. The company has operations in over 200 locations in more than 80 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki.