Wärtsilä Yuchai Engine Co. Ltd., the joint venture by Wärtsilä and Yuchai Marine Power Co. Ltd., began construction of its new production facilities with a groundbreaking ceremony in Zhuhai City in the Chinese province of Guangdong.
The agreement to establish the joint venture was signed in December 2012. The company will manufacture medium-speed marine engines to serve the increasingly dominant Chinese shipbuilding industry. The products to be manufactured by the joint-venture company will include the Wärtsilä 20, Wärtsilä 26 and Wärtsilä 32 series of medium-speed engines. Production is planned to start in 2014.
"Today marks an important step toward our goal to serve our customers in the Chinese shipbuilding market in the best possible way,” Wärtsilä president and CEO Björn Rosengren said in a statement. “The combination of Wärtsilä's industry-leading technology and Yuchai's position as the leading high-speed engine manufacturer in China will provide strong competence in manufacturing, sourcing and market access.”
"Both the Yuchai Group and Wärtsilä are committed to building up the most efficient high-end, medium-speed engine production base in China by combining the strengths of both parties,” Yuchai Group chairman Yan Ping said in a statement. “The project is envisioned to be a role model for cooperation between China and a leading international partner in the field of advanced diesel engines."