Strategic steps

Strategic projects, partnerships, acquisitions and divestments in 2020

  • In February, Wärtsilä and DNV GL agreed to work together to contribute to the marine industry’s ongoing digital transformation. In particular, the two companies wish to further explore the potential use of digital technologies, collaborative data sharing, and standardisation to enhance the performance of existing products and services, and to develop new ones. The project will examine the application of digital technologies in areas such as autonomous ships, advanced remote services, new bridge technologies, and data sharing. Cyber security will be another natural area of co-operation.
  • In March, Wärtsilä together with a consortium of six other industry and academic partners, was awarded EU funding for a major project named SeaTech. The project is aimed at reducing fuel consumption and lowering emission levels for shipping by developing ship engine and propulsion systems to enable precise control of the engine and capturing wave energy to produce extra thrust. Wärtsilä also signed a licence and co-operation agreement covering the future development, sales, and servicing of gate rudders with Kuribayashi Steamship in Japan. As an authorised license holder and partner, Wärtsilä intends to fully integrate gate rudders within its propulsion product designs and will focus on global markets outside Japan. Gate rudder technology lowers fuel consumption and reduces emissions, while improving manoeuvrability and course stability in both calm and rough seas.
  • In June, Wärtsilä joined a global consortium to develop the Mayflower Autonomous ship project, which will enable the world’s first fully autonomous, unmanned vessel to cross the Atlantic. Wärtsilä Voyage will equip the ship with the Wärtsilä RS24 system, a ground-breaking high-speed, high-resolution FMCW K-Band radar designed to provide optimised levels of situational awareness, especially in densely populated marine environments. Wärtsilä also joined ING Bank, Engie, and the Port of Rotterdam Authority to form Zero Emission Services B.V. (ZES), an enterprise aimed at making inland waterway shipping more sustainable. The concept is based on the use of replaceable battery containers charged with renewable energy. It will be utilised, among others, by the Heineken beer company and is supported by the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management.
  • In July, Wärtsilä joined a global coalition dedicated to accelerating the energy transition in the transport and logistics industries, together with a cluster of market-leading companies representing a broad spectrum of industry stakeholders. The aim of the coalition is to drive the development of energy sources and technologies in order to curb global warming, reduce air pollution, and protect biodiversity. The members will pool their R&D efforts in pursuit of three key goals: unlocking a more extensive portfolio of clean energy sources, lowering energy consumption per kilometre-equivalent for transported goods, and eliminating a substantial proportion of the harmful emissions being released into the atmosphere.
  • In September, Wärtsilä announced the divestment of 100% of the shares in Wärtsilä JOVYATLAS GmbH to Jacob Waitz Industrie GmbH, a German based industry holding. The Wärtsilä JOVYATLAS offering consists of UPS systems, rectifiers, power inverters, frequency transformers, and resistors with related services. The company, which became part of Wärtsilä as a result of the acquisition of L-3 Communications MSI in 2015, is located in Jemgum in Germany and currently has some 125 employees. In 2019, its annual revenues were EUR 20 million. The divestment is driving Wärtsilä’s focus on creating a stronger and simpler core business.
  • In October, Wärtsilä signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) tied to a license and co-operation agreement with the UK-based Anemoi Marine Technologies for the future sales and servicing of rotor sail solutions to the shipping industry. Rotor sails are comprised of vertical cylinders which, when driven to rotate, harness the renewable power of the wind to propel ships. These highly efficient mechanical sails will provide additional thrust to vessels and deliver significant fuel and emission savings. Wärtsilä will fully integrate Anemoi Marine Technologies’ rotor sails within its propulsion business and promote the solution for both newbuild projects and for retrofitting to existing ships.
  • In October, Wärtsilä announced the divestment of 100% of the shares in Wärtsilä Valves Ltd to an affiliate of Evergreen Capital L.P., based in New York, USA. Its activities include engineering, assembly, testing, sales, and delivery of nickel aluminium bronze (NAB) and duplex valves for the marine, oil and gas, and energy markets. Additionally, it offers applications for Valves’ products, including FPSO, petrochemical facilities, power generation, LNG, naval marine, marine services, waste water treatment plants, and pipelines. Wärtsilä Valves became part of Wärtsilä as a result of the Hamworthy acquisition in 2012. The company is located in Brough, UK and currently has approximately 65 employees. The annual revenues were approximately EUR 15 million in 2019.
  • In October, Wärtsilä announced the divestment of 100% of the shares in Wärtsilä Valves Ltd to an affiliate of Evergreen Capital L.P., based in New York, USA. Its activities include engineering, assembly, testing, sales, and delivery of nickel aluminium bronze (NAB) and duplex valves for the marine, oil and gas, and energy markets. Additionally, it offers applications for Valves’ products, including FPSO, petrochemical facilities, power generation, LNG, naval marine, marine services, waste water treatment plants, and pipelines. Wärtsilä Valves became part of Wärtsilä as a result of the Hamworthy acquisition in 2012. The company is located in Brough, UK and currently has approximately 65 employees. The annual revenues were approximately EUR 15 million in 2019.
  • In December, Wärtsilä closed the divestment of Wärtsilä ELAC Nautik GmbH (ELAC Nautik) to Cohort plc, a UK listed company, specialising in defence, security and related market sectors. ELAC Nautik became part of Wärtsilä as a result of the acquisition of L-3 Communications MSI in 2015. Its main market focus is on hydroacoustic products, including sonars, underwater communication and echo systems for small and medium sized military submarines. The company is located in Kiel, Germany and employs 125 people. The annual revenues were approximately EUR 20 million in 2019.
  • In December, Wärtsilä joined the CHEK project which aims to achieve zero emissions shipping. The project will develop and demonstrate a wind energy optimised bulk carrier, and a hydrogen powered cruise ship equipped with a combination of innovative technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 99%, achieve at least 50% energy savings, and reduce black carbon emissions by over 95%. The CHEK partners are the University of Vaasa (coordinator), Wärtsilä, Cargill International, MSC Cruises, Lloyd’s Register, the World Maritime University, Silverstream Technologies, HASYTEC Electronics, Deltamarin, Climeon, and BAR Technologies.

Strategic projects, partnerships, acquisitions and divestments in 2019 

  • In April, Wärtsilä agreed to provide seed funding to Soletair Power Oy, a Finland-based start-up company operating in the field of Power-to-X. Soletair Power Oy has developed a concept to improve air quality in buildings by capturing carbon dioxide and converting it to synthetic renewable fuel. This was followed in May by the announcement of a research collaboration with Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology on strategic power system modelling, with the aim of understanding and developing paths towards energy systems operating 100% on renewable energy sources.
  • In May, Wärtsilä announced the acquisition of Ships Electronic Services Ltd (SES), a UK based company specialising in navigation and communication electronics, as well as installation, maintenance, and repair services, mainly for commercial and leisure vessels. SES, established in 1974, has its headquarters in Rochester and operates also out of nine other offices in the UK.
  • In June, Wärtsilä entered into a cooperation agreement with Aggreko, a global power equipment supplier, to introduce a new concept for power markets built around the Wärtsilä Modular Block solution. The cooperation will also enable new business and financing models, such as power as a service or rentals.
  • In September, Wärtsilä and Q Power Oy, a Finnish bio-methanisation company, signed a cooperation agreement to accelerate the development and commercialisation of renewable fuels. The companies will work together to develop the market and find new business opportunities for bio-methanisation and synthetic fuels globally.
  • In October, Wärtsilä co-founded a new global cyber security alliance for operational technology, which aims to bridge dangerous gaps in security for operational technology and industrial control systems. Operational technology encompasses the hardware and software used to control physical systems, such as machinery in factories, power stations, ships, or ports. The Internet of Things and inter-connectedness of production systems in smart factories means that there is a significantly and rapidly growing risk of serious security breaches in these environments.
  • In November, Wärtsilä and Singapore-based PSA Marine announced their collaboration in the co-creation of smart technologies for the marine sector. Specific collaboration areas include the use of electric or hybrid technologies that enhance the utilisation of low-emission energy and propulsion systems, the incorporation of next-generation smart vessel technologies, the adoption of secured connectivity to facilitate ship-to-shore data exchange, as well as marketing and branding activities that generate awareness.
  • In December, Wärtsilä signed a strategic development agreement with the Chinese state-owned shipbuilder CSSC Huangpu Wenchong Shipbuilding Company Limited. The purpose of the five-year agreement is to build a cooperation framework and working mechanism for the research and development of hybrid power systems. Wärtsilä will support Huangpu Wenchong during the design and construction phases with technology innovations, system selection, performance calculations, and long-term services.
  • In December, Wärtsilä announced the divestment of Wärtsilä ELAC Nautik GmbH (ELAC Nautik) to Cohort plc, a UK listed company specialising in defence, security, and related market sectors. ELAC Nautik became part of Wärtsilä as a result of the acquisition of L-3 Communications MSI in 2015. Its main market focus is on hydroacoustic products, including sonars, underwater communication systems, and echo systems for small and medium sized military submarines. ELAC Nautik employs approximately 120 people and generates annual revenues of approximately EUR 21 million. Subject to approvals, completion of the transaction is expected in the early part of 2020.
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