Corona virus

Wärtsilä response to COVID-19

Updated October 18 2021


The continued spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and new virus variants, combined with the impact of various government responses, are affecting every person, organisation and society worldwide.

At Wärtsilä, our global crisis management team was activated immediately in January 2020 when the novel coronavirus broke out. Since then, we have implemented numerous measures to help protect the health, safety and well-being of our 18,000 employees as well as all external stakeholders around the globe.

We continue taking proactive steps to minimise the impact on our operations globally to ensure our ability to return to normalised operations and to capture future growth opportunities when markets fully recover.

Wärtsilä workplaces will be ramped up gradually and with due care. Safe return is done separately in each country, adapting to local circumstances and the precautions and regulations issued by the authorities in respective country. The Wärtsilä Safe Return strategy is entirely focused on employee safety and health.

During this difficult time, our aim is to secure the best possible support for customers, partners and the communities in which we operate in a socially responsible way. We strive to safeguard logistics and supply management in order to run operations effectively. We are in close contact with our stakeholders across the globe, to constantly monitor our manufacturing, field service and supply chain resources to ensure business continuity. Our expertise centres provide remote operational support, guidance and troubleshooting to optimise installation performance as part of long-term service agreements.

Our Global Logistics Services supervises the supply and logistics chains daily. By identifying alternative operating models and implementing proactive risk mitigation actions, including buffer stocks of spare parts, we aim to avoid disruptions because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Monitoring the supply chain for components, also means that we can react to any potential production disruptions by, for example, switching to other suppliers. We are also exploring opportunities to switch to alternative manufacturing technologies.

In case you have any questions or concerns related to your project or installation, please do not hesitate to reach out to your contact person in the Wärtsilä network.

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We sincerely thank all our employees for their work and commitment as well as our customers and other stakeholders for their cooperation and understanding for the temporary measures needed to deal with the crisis. We remain committed to serving our customers in the best possible way and look forward to getting back to normal operations as soon as possible.

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