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Global Sales & Service at Interroll under new lead

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Interroll announces that Maurizio Catino will take over the role of Executive Vice President Global Sales & Service and Member of the Group Management as per July 1 from Dr. Christoph Reinkemeier, who is leaving Interroll.

“We look forward to work with Maurizio Catino, who has a proven track record in our company as a strong leader, on accelerating Interroll’s growth trajectory in the market,” said Paul Zumbühl, CEO of the worldwide Interroll Group. “In his previous roles at Interroll, he built very solid relations with customers and enjoys the trust of our entire Group Management.”

Catino graduated in Electronic engineering at the Politecnico of Turin in 2002. He looks back on several years of experience in the automotive business, starting in the FCA group where he was involved in different projects related to cost analysis and production optimization. Catino started his “sales career” afterwards in the automation business as global key account manager for big automotive end users for a Japanese company. In 2013, he joined Interroll and opened successfully the new Italian branch as General Manager followed by the position of Global Industry Manager for the automotive and tire market. From 2018 until today, Catino held the position of Senior Director Global Sales & Services.

Dr. Christoph Reinkemeier has decided to leave Interroll to pursue new opportunities. He leaves end of June. Reinkemeier joined the Interroll Group in 2011 as Executive Vice Global Sales & Services and Member of the Group Management. During his tenure, he successfully established a new structure of Interroll’s global sales and introduced the company’s “one face to the customer” strategy.

“Dr. Christoph Reinkemeier contributed significantly to achieving a strong growth of the company’s turnover, the setup of a successful Industry Management as well as an effective Sales System,” said Paul Zumbühl. “On behalf of the entire Group Management, I would like to thank Dr. Reinkemeier for his great commitment and achievements besides the strategic excellence, with which he helped pave the way to sustainable growth and wish him the best for the future.”

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Wärtsilä X-Ahead project gets government funding to promote carbon-neutral economy

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The technology group Wärtsilä has been granted funding of EUR one million to support its research in the field of Power-to-X technology. The X-Ahead project is aimed at developing deep expertise of both the technical and business potential of Power-to-X, which will be used to promote a carbon-neutral economy for Finland. It will also act as a base for defining Wärtsilä’s role in this field as part of the global transition to carbon-neutral solutions. The funding has been granted by Business Finland, a state-run public agency for funding important research projects.Power-to-X is an umbrella term for various emerging technologies that utilise renewable electricity, CO2 captured from the air or directly from emissions streams and combining it with hydrogen to create carbon-neutral and renewable synthetic fuels. In the future, fossil fuels will be replaced by these renewable synthetic fuels to mitigate climate change.

Under its X-Ahead project, Wärtsilä will form and lead a strong network of universities, research industries, and small and medium-sized enterprises on a national, as well as a global scale. This will result in the development of an effective ecosystem around Power-to-X research, which will be enriched with best global practices to produce meaningful national and international benefits.

“Wärtsilä has been actively working on the Power-to-X concept since 2018, during which we have gained a thorough general understanding of the technology. We are now building on this via the X-Ahead project, which will significantly improve the efficiency and feasibility of all processes relating to the development of Power-to-X technology. It gives us a brilliant opportunity to speed up the move to a 100 percent renewable energy future,” said Tommi Rintamäki, Senior Manager, Power-to-X, Wärtsilä Energy Business.

“A strong ecosystem of leading industrial companies like Wärtsilä together with innovative and agile Finnish universities form an excellent base to find concrete novel solutions to mitigate climate change and turn the research into industrial business,” said Helena Sarén, Head of Smart Energy, Business Finland.

The project is planned for commencement this year and will run for approximately two and a half years. Wärtsilä’s existing expertise in market analytics will support the research’s focus on the most promising ways to develop Power-to-X technology. Furthermore, X-Ahead will provide valuable insight into the possibilities related to synthetic fuel production and create many new jobs in the field.

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Industry celebrates five-year anniversary of world’s first methanol-powered commercial vessel

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The Stena Germanica has been successfully operating with a Wärtsilä engine burning methanol fuel for five years.

Wärtsilä, Stena, and Methanex Corporation are proud to mark five years of successful operation of the methanol-fuelled ferry Stena Germanica. This is the first ship in the world to run on methanol as a marine fuel, signifying a major milestone in the continued shift towards a more sustainable future for commercial shipping in line with the industry’s decarbonization efforts.

Stena Germanica was converted to be capable of running on methanol fuel in early 2015 at Remontowa Shipyard in Poland. The 240-metre long ferry, with a capacity for 1500 passengers and 300 cars, was retrofitted with a first-of-its-kind fuel-flexible Wärtsilä 4-stroke engine that can run on methanol or traditional marine fuels. The ferry began the world’s first methanol-powered sailings between Gothenburg, Sweden and Kiel, Germany in late-March 2015.

“Being the owner of the world’s first ship with methanol-fuel represented a great step on our journey to become the leader in sustainable shipping, and is an achievement we are very pleased to share as we mark the five-year anniversary of Stena Germanica’s successful operation on methanol,” says Carl-Johan Hagman, Head of Shipping & Ferries at Stena AB. “The project took shape thanks to excellent cooperation between Methanex and Wärtsilä, and many areas within Stena.”

“Stena Germanica’s retrofit is yet another example of Wärtsilä’s leading position in bringing to the market innovative systems that increase efficiency and support environmental sustainability. The use of methanol as a marine fuel is likely to increase in the future, and high quality, reliable, smart technologies are essential to success,” says Toni Stojcevski, General Manager, Sales & Development, Wärtsilä Marine.

As part of its programme aimed at the enablement of viable sustainable fuels, Wärtsilä is continuing to invest in methanol for marine fuel applications, and further development work and testing procedures are planned.

Starting January 1, 2020, restrictions on Sulphur oxide (SOx) emissions were launched by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) globally. As a marine fuel, methanol is compliant with the IMO’s 2020 regulations by reducing Sulphur oxides (SOx) by approximately 99 percent, and has the ability to meet Tier III Nitrogen oxide (NOx) regulations without exhaust after-treatment. Methanol is already well positioned globally as a marine fuel, as it is available at more than 88 of the world’s top 100 ports.

“Our aim has always been to take a leadership position by being at the forefront of innovation in commercial shipping,” says Stuart McCall, Director, Business Development at Methanex. “Thanks to projects like this, methanol has been proven as a safe, reliable, and cost-effective marine fuel, and we continue to uncover innovative technological advances that optimise the performance and efficiency of the fuel as the market for methanol-powered vessels keeps growing”.

Methanol also offers a clear pathway towards meeting future carbon reduction targets in 2030 and 2050 when produced from renewable sources.

Stena Germanica’s conversion was a co-operation between Methanex Corporation, Stena Line, Wärtsilä, the Port of Gothenburg, and the Port of Kiel. The project was co-financed by the European Union, and the classification of the conversion to methanol was conducted by Lloyd’s Register. In the five years since the Stena Germanica’s launch, the market for methanol-powered vessels has seen continued growth. Methanex Corporation, through a wholly-owned subsidiary, Waterfront Shipping, operates the world’s largest methanol ocean tanker fleet with 11 vessels. Stena Bulk recently announced a joint-venture with Proman Shipping to build two methanol-powered vessels with delivery scheduled for the beginning of 2022.

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Continental produces medical hoses needed in Bergamo and Lombardy region’s healthcare sector

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Technology company Continental manufactured hoses needed in Bergamo and the Lombardy region’s medical sector at its Italian site in Daverio, Italy. “Although Continental had ramped-down its production at the Northern-Italian site due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we produced special requested batches for the tense Italian healthcare sector. Therefore, we temporarily restarted a production line in order to meet our customer’s need and supply the hoses to the medical sector. This is our critical contribution to Bergamo and the Italian society to support all the helping hands in the medical field. All of the caregivers are providing essential and vital services during these challenging times,” explained Marco Tamborini, responsible Manager for the Italy-based production of thermoplastic hoses at Continental since Merlett was acquired by Continental in 2019. The hoses are produced for the transportation of air and various medical gases required in healthcare applications. For example, the hoses are used for low pressure delivery but also for easy suction of gas into respiratory equipment such as continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) system to ensure that the patient’s spontaneous breathing is supported.

Reliable supply of medical assemblies for the Italian healthcare sector

The gas transfer solutions were manufactured for the company’s Bergamo-located customer Flow-meter, a specialist for devices for measurement, control and supply of fluids. The province of Bergamo in the region of Lombardy is particularly hard hit by the novel viral disease. “In the last few days we have received many expressions of gratitude from the hospitals that we are serving. That would be impossible without reliable partners on our side – especially during these times. The local health facilities rely on a continuous supply of medical applications due to the ongoing stressful situation,” said Roberto Paratico, CEO of Flow-meter.

Hose solution for anesthetic and respiratory equipment

Continental’s medical gas supply hose is a PVC hose with a polyester yarn reinforced thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) conductive underlayer and a polyurethane (PU) intermediate adhesive layer. It is suitable for the transport of air, oxygen, nitrous oxide, helium and carbon dioxide. “Going forward, we will have a strong focus on manufacturing medical hoses for the European healthcare sector – especially during these days, when the medical and social need for medical equipment used in respiratory diseases is so extremely high”, said Tamborini.

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