zoom German shipbuilder Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG) successfully launched ‘Loch Seaforth’ at noon today for Scottish customer Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL).The ship is a state-of-the-art, complex RoPax ferry built to carry up to 700 passengers and 143 cars, or 20 trucks. In just three months time the 116 metre long ‘Loch Seaforth’ will link the mainland of northwestern Scotland with the Isle of Lewis in the Hebrides on the Stornoway-Ullapool route.“When we reached agreement on this project with CMAL a year and a half ago, the contract was dependent on the highest possible degree of reliability”, recalls FSG chief Peter Sierk.Today’s launch demonstrates FSG capability yet again. “We are completely on schedule”, commented Sierk “and we are convinced that we will be able to hand over this newbuilding to our customer right on time, as we have done with all our other ships over the past 15 years” fsg, March 21, 2014
The industrial and technology group ThyssenKrupp is strengthening its plant technology capabilities in France by merging the formerly separate entities Polysius and KH Mineral to become ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions (France). The step comes into effect as of October 1, 2015. The company said that this strategic move “is another milestone for the plant engineering and construction specialist of the ThyssenKrupp Group in its efforts to further promote the integration and regionalisation of its plant technology business worldwide. It pursues ThyssenKrupp’s overriding goal of integrating its businesses more closely to create sustainable value as a diversified industrial group.” As of today, ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions (France) employs around 300 employees at two locations in Aix-en-Provence and Sarreguemines.Samir Abi Ramia, CEO of ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions (France): “On the basis of decades of experience in EMEA markets, excellent engineering skills and proven technologies, we can now offer tailor-made solutions for the cement, mining and raw materials industries in general from a single source. Joining our forces in France while at the same time benefiting from the global network of one of the world’s leading engineering and construction specialists will enable us serve our customers’ needs even better.”By combining the French operations, ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions is taking the next step to becoming a leading provider in the areas of plant engineering, procurement and construction for clients in the region across the cement, minerals, bulk materials handling and processing, and mining industries. The turnkey contract experience of the former Polysius will be a major asset for ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions (France) which will be extended to the management of important mining and quarry projects, while the experience of the former KH Mineral contributes expertise in the management of short-term projects and in reinforcing the single machine business.Under the roof of ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions, plant technology operations worldwide are managed by the two business units Process Technologies and Resource Technologies. Process Technologies is focused on engineering, procurement and construction for chemical, refinery and other industrial plants, while Resource Technologies offers a comprehensive product portfolio and a wide sales and service network to customers in the mining, cement, mineral processing and materials handling industries.