ABB today inaugurated a new manufacturing base in Shanghai, China. Located in the Lingang New Development Zone, the 37,000 square meter facility will initially have an annual output of 60 Azipod C podded propulsion units.
The Azipod C is the smallest member of the Azipod line of azimuthing electric podded thrusters. Introduced in 2000, it is a compact size that covers the power range up to 4.5 MW. In China, Azipod C has been installed in a variety of vessels, including ferries between Yantai and Dalian, delivering 20-30 percent lower fuel consumption, and in China's first independently designed 3000-ton comprehensive marine surveillance vessel.
While larger Azipods will continue to be delivered from Finland, the Shanghai plant is specifically dedicated to Azipod C manufacturing and "will play a key role in serving global customers in line with ABB's business strategy in China," according to Heikki Soljama, global head of ABB's marine and cranes business unit,.
August 18, 2011
ABB inaugurates Azipod C manufacturing base in China
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