WinGD is a leading developer of low-speed Gas and Diesel engines used for propulsion power in merchant shipping. These engines are utilized for the propulsion of all types of deep-sea ships world-wide, such as oil and product tankers, bulk carriers, car carriers, general cargo ships and container ships. The company continues the long tradition of the Sulzer Diesel Engine business founded in 1898. WinGD's headquarters is located in Winterthur, Switzerland. WinGD has extensive state-of-the-art research and training facilities at its Diesel Technology Centre located in Oberwinterthur. WinGD is owned by China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC).
The majority of the WinGD staff in Switzerland is located at the office premises in the centre of Winterthur, working on all aspects of research and development (R&D), design, operational and manufacturing support, marketing and sales. Currently, there are more than 340 people working at WinGD worldwide.
In the Winterthur headquarters, WinGD is strongly committed to Research & Development. The activities of the department are focused on the development of leading technologies for application on a new generation of low-speed engines. In addressing the future challenges of tightening emission regulations and requirements for alternative fuels, WinGD seeks to achieve the best possible economic and environmental performance for its customers. WinGD’ Research & Development activities focus on products and solutions that are fuel-efficient, reliable and safe, self-diagnostic, cost-efficient to operate, and produce minimal environmental impact throughout their lifecycles. WinGD is also the leader in low-pressure Dual-Fuel Technology. Gas is widely acknowledged as the fuel of the future; low pressure low-speed gas engines are strongly established as main engines for LNG carriers, and growth into all merchant sectors is increasing.
WinGD continuously strengthens the company’s technology leadership, thereby improving its competitive edge in the global marine market.
The responsibility of the Operations department is to ensure optimized quality, delivery and cost for WinGD low-speed engines produced by its world-wide network of licensees. Currently, 15 licensees, located mainly in Asia (Japan, Korea, China), but also in Europe (Croatia). The Operations team creates a strong link and feedback loop from the licensees to “Research & Development” as well as “Sales and Marketing" and solves the operational questions of ship-owners immediately and in partnership with the licensee manufacturer. The strong interfaces generate best-practice design solutions and effective support for licensees to achieve cost-competitive, manufacturing-friendly engines of the highest quality level.
The Operations team is also responsible for the released 2-stroke engines throughout the products lifecycle and particular emphasis is given to customers during the warranty period. Operations is responsible for customer satisfaction and the engines competitiveness for shipowners, shipyards, and licensees involved in the supply chain.
The Sales and Marketing department promotes, sells and delivers cost-efficient power solutions for all types and sizes of merchant vessels. The Sales and Marketing team provides its customers with intelligent market knowledge and guidance on correct engine selection. The traditional merchant vessel types like container vessels, bulkers, tankers, car carriers and general cargo vessels are dominated by low-speed engines. WinGD is the leader in low-pressure Dual-Fuel Technology. Gas is widely acknowledged as the fuel of the future and low pressure gas low-speed engines is strongly established as LNG carrier fuel and the growth into all merchant sectors is increasing.
The three departments (R&D, Operations and Sales & Marketing) are supported by professional central staff functions for Finance & Control, HR, Legal & Compliance, Communication and Administration.