Wärtsilä is building the Smart Technology Hub, a new integrated centre of research, product development and production, in Vaskiluoto, Vaasa. The Smart Technology Hub is the latest tangible step in Wärtsilä’s vision of smart shipping and a smart energy sector. The Hub will implement both visions of Smart Marine Ecosystem and a 100% renewable energy future by linking different marine and energy business lines including lifecycle to maximise customer value proposition.
The Hub will be unique in its field, enabling more agile, more efficient testing and product development of solutions for the maritime, oil & gas industries, as well as new energy systems. The Hub will be one uniform agile testing facility linking together various Centres of Excellence to improve product and solution development by maximising synergies. In this way we are able to effectively put to use all of the know-how we have in Wärtsilä all over the globe.
As a part of the project, Wärtsilä is investing 83 million euros in modern testing and production technology for the Hub. The total investment in the Smart Technology Hub will be in the region of 230 million euros, consisting of office and factory buildings, logistics and infrastructure. As of 2021, all of Wärtsilä’s functions and personnel in central Vaasa will be moved to the new Hub, along with the logistics and maintenance workshop operations from Runsor, Vaasa.