Konecranes agrees machine tool service contract with Wärtsilä Finland, to join Smart Technology Hub ecosystem in Vaasa

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Konecranes has signed a machine tool maintenance operations agreement with Wärtsilä Finland and will join as a partner to the company’s Smart Technology Hub on Vaasa’s Vaskiluoto island. As part of the “commitment contract”, Wärtsilä’s current maintenance department will be transferred to Konecranes in mid-April. The scope of the agreement includes preventive maintenance activities, safety inspections, spare parts replacement, repairs and additional consultative service products.

“We welcome our future colleagues from Wärtsilä, who will bring additional expertise to our maintenance operations. Their knowledge will boost the existing and collected information gathered by Konecranes’ maintenance systems to further utilized to improve production efficiency,” says Jukka Penttinen, Director for Machine Tool Service (MTS), Konecranes Finland and Estonia.

“As a new partner of the Smart Technology Hub, Konecranes has the opportunity to participate in developing procedures for maintenance services to ensure greater efficiency of the whole ecosystem. This fits perfectly with our strategy to be a partner in activities that improve safety and predictivity, support sustainable development and enhance digitalization,” Penttinen added.

“The transfer of the machine tool maintenance is a concrete indication of Wärtsilä’s transition from an engine manufacturer to a smart technology company. We are building an ecosystem and network of partners around the Smart Technology Hub, however we do not have to wait until the Hub is finished – we can start developing new operating models already now. In the future, no one will be able to make it on their own, and there is no reason to do everything alone – work will be done closely together in an ecosystem consisting of the best experts in the industry,” says Vesa Riihimäki, Managing Director, Wärtsilä Finland.

Wärtsilä’s centre of research, product development and production — the Smart Technology Hub – will be completed in Vaasa during 2021. Wärtsilä has said it is investing EUR 83 million in modern testing and production technology for the hub, with the total investment to be in the region of EUR 200 million.

The press release was previously published by Wärtsilä Finland Oy: https://www.wartsila.com/sth/wärtsilä-strengthens-the-ecosystem-built-around-smart-technology-hub-in-vaasa

More information:
Jukka Penttinen, Director MTS Finland and Estonia
[email protected] or phone: +358 400 721535

Konecranes is a world-leading group of Lifting Businesses™, serving a broad range of customers, including manufacturing and process industries, shipyards, ports and terminals. Konecranes provides productivity enhancing lifting solutions as well as services for lifting equipment of all makes. In 2019, Group sales totaled EUR 3.33 billion. Including MHE-Demag, the Group has around 18,000 employees in 50 countries. Konecranes shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki (symbol: KCR).