Wärtsilä signs £78m deal with Ceva

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Power technology company Wärtsilä has signed a three-year co-operation agreement with Ceva Logistics to run the global spare parts transport service for Wärtsilä Services, a contract worth 32 million euros (£26 million) annually.

The move comes as Wärtsilä aims to centralise its spare parts service by building a central distribution facility in the Netherlands as part of its new operating model which should be fully implemented by 2011.

Ceva will be responsible for shipments to the company’s warehousing facilities in Europe and deliveries to international customers.

Up until now each of Wärtsilä’s seven production companies in Finland, Italy, the Netherlands, France, Sweden, Norway and Switzerland were responsible for the global logistics for their own products. Under the new agreement the company hopes the service will be faster and more efficient.

Tage Blomberg, group vice president of Wärtsilä Services, said: “Consolidating logistics with a specialised partner will improve customer service globally by allowing parts deliveries 24 hours a day 7 days a week.”

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