WÃ¤rtsilÃ¤ to Build Smart Technology Hub in Finland
ViewsWÃ¤rtsilÃ¤ to Build Smart Technology Hub in Finland
By MarEx 2018-08-21 17:26:36
WÃ¤rtsilÃ¤ is building the Smart Technology Hub, a new center of research, product development and production, in Vaskiluoto, Vaasa. As of 2020, all of WÃ¤rtsilÃ¤'s functions a nd personnel in central Vaasa will transfer to the new hub, along with the logistics and maintenance workshop operations from Runsor.
As a part of the project, WÃ¤rtsilÃ¤ will invest EUR 83 million in modern testing and production technology for the hub. The total investment in the Smart Technology Hub will be in the region of EUR 200 million, consisting of office and factory buildings, logistics and infrastructure.
"Constant renewal is in WÃ¤rtsilÃ¤'s DNA," says WÃ¤rtsilÃ¤'s President & CEO, Jaakko Eskola. "This company was established in 1834 as a sawmill in the village of VÃ¤rtsilÃ¤ in TohmajÃ¤rvi, and now it is the global leader in smart technology and complete lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. The Vaasa Smart Technology Hub represents another generational shift for us â" it will bring WÃ¤rtsilÃ¤'s expertise into a whole new realm."
The Smart Technology Hub is the latest tangible step in W Ã¤rtsilÃ¤'s Smart Marine and Smart Energy visions. The hub will be unique in its field, enabling more agile, more efficient testing and product development of solutions for the maritime, oil and gas industries, as well as new energy systems.
"The Smart Technology Hub will become an important part of WÃ¤rtsilÃ¤'s worldwide network of centers of expertise," says Hannu MÃ¤ntymaa, Director, R&D and Engineering at WÃ¤rtsilÃ¤. "By sharing what we have learned in our various units, we will be able to provide our customers with even better products and services. We will develop processes at the Vaasa Smart Technology Hub, which we will be able to deploy in other locations."
The Smart Technology Hub will invite other operators in the sectors and researchers to collaborate. The vision is to create a partners' campus where research and product development take place together with WÃ¤rtsilÃ¤'s customers and suppliers, start-ups in the sector and universities.
"Amazing ideas do not just appear out of thin air," states Vesa RiihimÃ¤ki, Managing Director of WÃ¤rtsilÃ¤ Finland Oy. "By bringing together experts from different walks of life â" both from business and from the university world â" we will build an inspiring environment for new creativity."
Planning of the Smart Technology Hub is well underway, and the new centre will open its doors in Vaskiluoto in 2020. The Vaasa region is already the leading energy technology cluster in the Nordic region, and the developing area of Vaskiluoto will further reinforce the region's significance and potential as a global trendsetter. WÃ¤rtsilÃ¤ is the largest private-sector employer in Vaasa with around 3,000 personnel, and the Vaasa unit is WÃ¤rtsilÃ¤'s largest location. WÃ¤rtsilÃ¤ has approximately 400 employees in Turku and almost 500 in Helsinki.
The Group's transformation into a technology services c ompany has necessitated property investments in smart technology, new working methods and sustainable development throughout the organization. Alongside the Smart Technology Hub, the most visible renewal projects have included the new business premises in Runsor, Vaasa, and the WÃ¤rtsilÃ¤ Helsinki Campus in Salmisaari, Helsinki, due for completion in the late autumn. The value of these investments is just under EUR 20 million.