Wärtsilä acquires International Combustion Engineering A/S
The acquisition of I.C.E. will expand Wärtsilä's service offering into the new category of boiler services. This new service category will further improve Wärtsilä's competitiveness as a leading total services provider.
I.C.E. has a strong market position, particularly with merchant vessels, while its major customers are shipping companies around the world. The company also has a trading division that supplies spare parts for boiler and burner systems. Furthermore, I.C.E. has the potential for strong global growth, and for expansion into segments such as offshore, cruise and ferry and special vessels, as well as to non-marine related industrial and land-based power plant applications.
The company's annual net sales amounted to 46,8 million Danish crowns (EUR 6.3 million) in 2007. In Denmark, I.C.E. currently employs 30 full-time people. I.C.E.'s businesses will be integrated into Wärtsilä Services business in Denmark and all personnel will continue as Wärtsilä employees. The value of the deal is not published.
"I.C.E.'s excellent know-how of boiler services is a very welcome addition to Wärtsilä's service offering. The acquisition will further expand Wärtsilä's competitiveness and position as the number one global service provider," says Mr Tage Blomberg, Group Vice President, Wärtsilä Services.