Wärtsilä, CSIC and Mitsubishi Inaugurate New Jointly Owned Marine Engine Factory in China
Wärtsilä, China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) inaugurated their new, jointly owned, low-speed marine engine factory QMD in Qingdao, Shandong province.
The state-of-the-art QMD factory is one of China's most advanced engine factories. Automated equipment and processes, the flexible use of test beds, the possibility to test two large engines at full load in parallel, together with the efficient internal logistics, makes this one of the most efficient engine production factories in the world. When totally completed, the factory will represent an overall investment of approximately EUR 100 million with a production capacity of 1 million BHP.
The first engine already produced at the new factory was a seven-cylinder Wärtsilä RT-flex60C, which successfully passed its factory acceptance test in March to the full satisfaction of classification requirements, the shipyard, and the ship owner.
QMD has a very healthy orderbook worth some EUR 200 million. The engines on order are mainly of the Wärtsilä RT-flex50, RT-flex60C and RT-flex82C, and Mitsubishi UEC50 engine types. These engines are all destined for Chinese shipyards. The factory will have a total of around 500 employees by the end of this year.
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