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Wärtsilä Appoints New China President

Posted on November 7, 2011

Wärtsilä has appointed James Han as president of the company in China. Han has extensive experience in the manufacturing industries, serving in management roles and leading businesses on the Country and Asia Pacific level.

For more than 15 years he was the country manager at Sandvik and Olin Brass, as well as the regional GM Asia Pacific at Outokumpu. He most recently served as an independent consultant in Shanghai, China. Han succeeds John Zhu, who has decided to pursue his career outside Wärtsilä.

Wärtsilä has been present in China for more than 20 years through its fully owned subsidiary and long-term licensing agreements. To serve the large shipbuilding region, Wärtsilä has established joint ventures for propeller and auxiliary generating set production with Chinese shipbuilding groups and a joint venture for automation services.

Wärtsilä also manufactures thrusters at its100% owned company facilities, while low-speed engines are produced by eight licensees and by a joint venture company. Including Wärtsilä joint venture companies, there are more than 1800 Wärtsilä employees working in China.

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