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Wärtsilä rolls out 100th Chinese-built genset engine in first year

Wärtsilä rolls out 100th Chinese-built genset engine in first year

Shanghai: Wärtsilä Qiyao Diesel Company, a joint venture by Wärtsilä Corporation and the Shanghai Marine Diesel Engine Research Institute (SMDERI), has tested and delivered its 100th Wärtsilä Auxpac 20 generating set engine (pictured) - in  only 11 months since the factory was set up. The relevant engine is one of three Wärtsilä Auxpac 20 generating sets bound for a 9000dwt chemical tanker under construction at China's Zhejiang Dongfang shipyard.

"It is certainly a significant achievement," says WQDC md Esa Kivineva. "For WQDC to reach its 100th generating set during the first year of operation is a clear indication we are on the right track and have developed a product that meets the market requirement."
"Based on our first year, we believe that we can exceed 300 units each year," he continues, adding that the company also expects to ramp up production of Auxpac 26 during the coming year. The engines are typically installed on general cargo vessels, container ships, product tankers, bulk carriers and VLCCs.

The group has also announced that its joint-venture propeller production company Wärtsilä CME Zhenjiang Propeller won contracts to for 72 fixed pitch propellers valued at about $43m during the month of November. The propellers will be delivered to Guangzhou Longxue & Wenchong, Jiangsu RongSheng & Yangzijiang, Yangzhou Dayang and Taizhou Kouan shipyards.  [21/12/07]