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PUMP MAKER OPENS JAPANESE OFFICE

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 

Danish pump manufacturer Svanehøj is moving closer to a growing customer base in the East Asia, where shipbuilders are said to be moving towards the LNG fuel option.

Svanehøj Group is behind the brands Svanehøj, Hamworthy Pumps, Eureka and Dolphin. This year, the company, headquartered in Aalborg, Denmark, expects to quadruple sales of its ECA Fuel Pump for LNG, Ethane and Methanol – and sets goal for a further doubling in 2020. With about 85% of merchant ships built in Japan, Korea or China, the growing demand for solutions towards more environmentally friendly shipping has prompted Svanehøj’s establishment of a sales office in the Japanese city of Kobe.

Svanehøj supplies several of the largest shipyards in the region, including Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI), which placed an order for 48 Svanehøj pumps for three new VLECs (Very Large Ethane Carriers) earlier this year.

“We already have many customers in East Asia, particularly in Japan, and we notice a very exciting development is taking place out there. The gas market is growing rapidly, driven by a focus on getting rid of harmful particles from oil and coal. I am convinced that we can increase our sales through physical presence In East Asia,” said CEO Søren Kringelholt Nielsen.

Svanehøj has appointed Jens Peter Lund to lead the new office in Kobe. The establishment of the new East Asia office results from the generally positive development Svanehøj has seen since investment company Solix acquired what was then Wärtsila Pumps in autumn 2018 and established Svanehøj Group with operations in Denmark, the UK and Singapore.

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