Wärtsilä’s first unit at Porto do Açu in São João da Barra (RJ), Brazil, is today being inaugurated.
This will be the first assembly plant and production unit for generator sets and azimuth thrusters in Brazil for Wärtsilä. Covering 4000 square meters of floor space, the unit will be able to receive up to 200 tons of equipment. This is Wärtsilä’s first ever multi-product factory that has been built from scratch, the company said in a statement.
The new unit represents an investment of 20 million euros of equity capital from Wärtsilä Brazil.
In its initial phase, the activities of the multi-product factory will focus on midsize generators and azimuth thrusters, with the possibility of expanding the product portfolio according to market needs. The unit has already received six engines from Finland to set up motor generators, six propellers from Wärtsilä in Spain, and hundreds of parts fabricated and machined in Brazil for the production of the first thrusters produced by the company in the country.
The factory will employ approximately 50 employees, including professionals from Brazil, Italy, India, Finland and the Netherlands. They will be responsible for the different stages of the production process and testing for the two product lines: motor generators and thrusters.