JUNE 14, 2013 — The European Investment Bank (EIB) has granted Wärtsilä a EUR 150 million loan to finance its research, development and innovation (RDI) activities in several European countries.
Key areas of Wärtsilä's research and development operations are four-stroke engines, two-stroke engines, propulsion, gear box systems, seals and bearings, and their integration. In addition, Wärtsilä has been a pioneer in introducing dual-fuel technology for two- and four-stroke engines and during recent years has launched a series of gas engines, which offer outstanding fuel flexibility. Environmental and flow and gas technologies are also becoming increasingly important areas for research and development.
This latest loan is a continuation of a longstanding co-operation between the European Investment Bank and Wärtsilä. With the loan Wärtsilä will continue to develop engines and power plants that are cleaner, more efficient, more reliable and with higher levels of automation, lower lifecycle costs, as well as with improved environmental performance. New maritime emission requirements are expected to increase the demand for more environmentally sound engines and a similar trend is evident in land-based power plants.
"We are glad to sign this agreement with Wärtsilä, which will bring substantial benefits to the transport and energy sectors in environmental performance and fuel efficiency. These are central considerations for the EIB's involvement in RDI projects in the maritime and power generation sectors," says Jonathan Taylor, EIB Vice-President.
"This highly appreciated loan is a fourth RDI funding agreement between EIB and Wärtsilä. The first R&D loan was signed already in 2003. The loan is an important building block in the long-term funding of investments in research and development work. Cutting edge R&D operations are the key to retain the position of the most competitive supplier in a fast changing global market," says Raimo Lind, Senior Executive Vice President and CFO, Wärtsilä Corporation.
In Europe, Wärtsilä has research centers in Finland, Italy, Switzerland, the UK, the Netherlands, Norway, and Spain. In 2012, Wärtsilä's total expenditure in research and development was EUR 188 million, which represents four per cent of the company's net sales. Wärtsilä's R&D activities employ more than 800 specialists globally.