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Posted on December 29, 2014
Despite all the challenges posed by the Brazilian economy, and after a volatile election year, 2014 was a positive year and growth for Wärtsilä Brazil. “The result could have been even better if some investments, primarily from Petrobras, had not been postponed,” says Robson Campos, President of Wärtsilä Brazil.
The company opens in February, a manufacturer of generators and thrusters in the Port of Acu, Rio de Janeiro. Investment in unit exceeds R$70 million.
“Our office, our factory and our main basic services are in Rio. Our main customers also have headquarters here, which demonstrates the strategic importance of the state to our business,” he says. “In addition, Rio has the ability to attract qualified brains, has good technical schools and universities and this is very positive, even to attract new investment,” says Campos.
For the executive, the outlook for the coming years is, in general, from stable to positive. “Our view is that the first half will be hard, but with a slight improvement in the second half. We expect business confidence gradually return. In our power generation business, Brazil will continue demanding electricity in proportion above the growth GDP, so the opportunities are here. With respect to our business in the marine and offshore, there is some uncertainty in the Petrobras investment rate in the short term. But in the medium term, we expect very positive”.