Chinese order for the shipyard industry is the first step in a huge project
The order, worth some 530,000 Euro, comprises 126 pumps to be delivered in 2009 and 2010. The end-user is a Danish shipowner and the pumps will be installed in 6 bulk carriers. To be able to deliver total pump packages for shipyards, Grundfos has developed a new pump launched at the end of 2008.
The order marks the beginning of what Grundfos Business Developer, Kim Kirgegaard expects to become a very important market for Grundfos. Our goal is to reach a turnover of more than 66m Euro in 5 or 6 years.
Since the beginning of the 1990s Grundfos has been successful in delivering pumps for the marine market. So far the pumps have primarily been sold to suppliers of boilers and fire-fighting installations. Based on the great success in this part of the marine market, Grundfos has developed our product programme so that now we are able to deliver entire pump packages for shipyards.
Asia is leading the industry
The shipyard industry in Asia covers 80 or 85% of the world market, with China and South Korea as the largest by far.
”Our estimates, in relation to the future turnover for pumps and pumping systems for the shipyard industry, are based on how many ships are to be built the world over for the next 5 or 6 years. We have a great advantage in our global presence; in fact, you can hardly find a harbour anywhere in the world which we cannot reach in a short time,” said Mr. Kirkegaard
He also pointed to the fact that Grundfos, in terms of technology and development, is an attractive supplier for all parties in the shipyard industry, from ship builders to ship owners as well as the sailors aboard the ships.