Finland-headquartered, Japanese-owned The Switch and China’s CSIC/711 shipbuilding institute have entered into a strategic partnership agreement.
The Switch is one of the first foreign companies to sign a partnership agreement with a leading Chinese shipbuilding conglomerate. Cooperation with The Switch will help CSIC/711 provide profitable power generation and drive train solutions to its clients.
CSIC/711 is the only R&D institute of marine diesel engines in China. It operates under the direct jurisdiction of China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC). A leading state-owned enterprise, CSIC is one of China’s largest shipbuilding and ship repair groups. Together the mission of CSIC/711 and The Switch is to advance the Chinese marine industry with electrical drive trains and optimized energy use.
This partnership agreement offers a win-win situation for both parties. The Switch can provide CSIC/711 with advanced marine drive train know-how and technology, a strong track record of references from international markets, as well as access to the worldwide network of shipbuilders and design offices.
CSIC/711 can also offer unmatched benefits for The Switch. It provides immediate access to the Chinese marine market, thanks to having strong existing relationships with local shipyards, shipowners and design offices. In addition, CSIC/711 has advanced technical capabilities in marine drives and motor applications and will in turn share this knowledge with The Switch.
The future cooperation has been carefully planned. Common activities between The Switch and CSIC/711 start taking place in the autumn of 2017.
By Jake Frith