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Waukesha Gets Wärtsilä Engine Rights

Posted on August 31, 2004

Waukesha Engine, a business unit of Dresser, Inc., has purchased the technology rights to Wärtsilä's W200D and W220SGD high-speed engines and will integrate the technology into its own product line-up.

"This technology purchase is an ideal complement to Waukesha's engine line-up because it will expand our high-speed product offering into the higher horsepower ranges and advance our product development process by several years," said Tom Laird, president of Waukesha Engine. "We believe that this technology purchase will allow us to strengthen Waukesha's position in the marketplace, broaden and enhance our product offering and provide a wider range of solutions to our customers."

Waukesha plans to add its advanced combustion technology and state-of-the-art control system to the Wärtsilä technology platform and develop a long-term manufacturing strategy for the product line. Waukesha also plans to set up an office in Mulhouse, France, to facilitate the technology transfer.

The purchase of this technology will give Waukesha a very competitive product in the 1.5 to 3.2 MW range for the global power generation market, and a high-speed engine with improved efficiency and performance for the compression market, Laird said. In addition, this technology platform is an excellent fit for the high-efficiency, low-emissions technologies that Waukesha has been developing in cooperation with the U.S Department of Energy and the California Energy Commission.

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