(EnergyAsia, October 30, Friday) — Finnish power solutions provider Wartsila Corporation said it has agreed to license China’s Zhuhai Yuchai Marine Power Co Ltd to manufacture and sell its RT-flex low-speed marine diesel engines in the country.

Zhuhai Yuchai is a subsidiary of Guangxi Yuchai Machinery Group, the largest manufacturer of and the market leader for automotive four-stroke diesel engines in China.

While granted the rights to produce all sizes of Wartsila’s modern engine at its new 330,000-sq m plant in Zhuhai city in Guangdong province, Zhuhai Yuchai will focus on engines of 35 to 50-cm cylinder bore.

The Chinese firm will harness Wartsila’s programme of RT-flex engines with modern common-rail technology for low-speed diesel power plants incorporating full electronic control of engine processes. Shipowners benefit from the new technology’s increased flexibility in engine setting for lower fuel consumption, lower minimum running speeds, smokeless operation at all running speeds, and better control of other exhaust emissions.

With the first engines to be completed in November 2011, Zhuhai Yuchai’s new manufacturing capacity will help supply Wartsila low-speed marine engines to China’s expanding shipbuilding industry.

The manufacturing operations will be supported by Wartsila’s Switzerland, the Wartsila group’s centre of excellence for the design, development, research, marketing, licensing, servicing and support of Wartsila low-speed engines.

The agreement was recently signed by Jiang Shihong, chairman of Zhuhai Yuchai, and Martin Wernli, president of Wartsila.

Mr Jiang said: “The new agreement makes it possible for our company to deliver today’s most advanced low-speed diesel engines to our shipyard customers. It will extend our product portfolio and put our company right among the leading suppliers of marine equipment to the Chinese shipbuilding industry.”

Mr Wernli said: “Wartsila is pleased to be able to establish this partnership with a company in the well respected Guangxi Yuchai Machinery Group and to increase the manufacturing volume for smaller Wartsila common-rail low-speed engines.”