Wartsila to manufacture controllable pitch propellers in India

Wartsila to manufacture controllable pitch propellers in India

Mumbai: Finnish equipment-maker Wartsila Corporation will manufacture controllable pitch propellers (CPP) in India to create an important and sizeable production capacity increase for the CPP business.

The manufacture of CPPs will be undertaken at the existing 100% Export Oriented Unit at Wartsila’s factory at Khopoli near Mumbai with an investment of about €5 million. The CPP production in India will begin towards the end of 2008.

A CPP or variable pitch propeller is a special type of propeller with blades that can be rotated around their long axis to change their pitch.

CPP’s for marine propulsion systems are designed to give the highest propulsive efficiency for any speed and load condition. When the vessel is fully loaded, the propulsion required is much higher than when the vessel is empty. By adjusting the blade pitch, the optimum efficiency can be obtained and fuel can be saved.

“Manufacturing CPP in India will benefit our customers in Asia and Europe. The customers will have an access to integrated propeller and gear packages from one source. The manufacturing will also serve the entire group through component sourcing" Jari Salo, vice president, Propulsion, Wartsila, said in a statement.

Mint had reported on 12 July that global marine equipment makers including Wartsila were eyeing India with plans to set up units that make a range of equipments used in ships.

Wartsila’s factory at Khopoli is currently engaged in engine assembly, reconditioning of engine parts, propeller blade repair, and manufacturing auxiliary modules, gear boxes, HR nozzles and oil distribution boxes.

The CPPs made in India will be sent to the company’s factories in the Netherlands and Norway for supplies to clients worldwide,said Banmali Agrawala, the managing director of Wartsila’s Indian unit, Wartsila India Ltd.