VAASA, Finland – Wärtsilä is constructing a Smart Technology Hub, a new center of research, product development, and production in Vaskiluoto, Vaasa.
From 2020, all the company’s functions and personnel in central Vaasa will transfer to the new hub, as will the logistics and maintenance workshop operations from Runsor.
Wärtsilä plans to invest EUR83 million ($95.7 million) in modern testing and production technology for the new center, with the total cost of developing the facility estimated at EUR200 million ($230.6 million).
The company says the facility will allow it to perform more efficient testing and product development of solutions for the oil and gas and maritime industries, including propulsion/power generation equipment, and new energy systems.
It will also invite other operators and researchers in the sectors the company serves to collaborate on research and product development.