Wartsila Australia has been a long standing power generation facilitator to the defence and shipbuilding sectors, and has recently announced a major expansion into new Australian territory.
The new service facility is situated in Adelaide, a growing hub for Australia’s naval shipbuilding industry.
Key to the office is the appointment of Chris Field to a new internal role as senior sales manager for ship power and navy.
Mr Field, who has been with Wartsila Australia for nearly 12 years, has wide ranging and in-depth naval power generation and business experience and will concentrate on managing a team of experienced service personnel.
“The growth of the Defence industry in and around Adelaide is definitely the main reason we have set up dedicated operations here”, says Mr Field.
Aiming for around 20% annual growth in defence power generation in South Australia, Mr Field sees his background in the defence department in Canberra on submarine design and deployment as a definite benefit.
Wartsila provides environmentally and economically sound integrated power generation technology, including everything from engines, automation, seals and bearing to related services.
The company provides all the seals and bearings for Australia’s front line Collins class submarines, as well as providing power generation sources in all of the country’s mine hunters and supply ships.
“As a ship power company, we not only supply the whole box and dice when it comes to naval power solutions and their peripherals, we can, more importantly, supply all the service and technical know-how to keep those vessels running at peak capacity - and not many companies out there can do that,” Mr Fields says.
With upgrades to Australian naval forces planned in the near future, Mr Fields says that Wartsila Australia is uniquely positioned with their new South Australian presence to provide continuing naval ship power technology and service that conforms to environmental standards.