Fincantieri has set up Fincantieri SI, a company based in Trieste, to design, manufacture and supply integrated and innovative systems in the field of electric, electronic and electromechanical industrial solutions.

Claudio Andrea Gemme has been appointed president and CEO.

The new company, relying on the in-house experience and technological know-how gained by Fincantieri over the years, is designed to strengthen the Group's presence in high added-value activities in the field of industrial systems. Fincantieri SI is the response to Fincantieri’s strategy of increasing its presence in the electric and electronic components and integration segment, developing solutions that can manage and control all the key functions of a ship, ensuring high performance levels in terms of energy efficiency, comfort and safety, according to a company statement.

This approach, which is described as extremely innovative in the shipbuilding sector, will enable it to develop projects that will offer Fincantieri’s clients solutions to optimize construction and meet the highest quality and operating efficiency requirements. Thus, through the new company, Fincantieri will manage the entire integrated electric package, offering shipowners a turnkey product ranging from sophisticated propulsion systems to onboard electric auxiliary systems.

Fincantieri SI will focus on the design and realization of the ship of the future, the “smart vessel”, characterized by high energy efficiency, and hence reduced consumption and lower environmental impact; space optimization with ensuing benefits for shipowners in terms of more passenger-dedicated areas; greater comfort thanks to less noise pollution and vibrations, as well as integration with complete onshore electricity connections.

With an integrated product, including the installation of remote control and monitoring systems, the “smart vessel” can undergo preventive maintenance, thus maximising operations and therefore avoiding extraordinary maintenance costs, according to Fincantieri.

A key feature of the new company will be the supply of after-sales service of electric systems to follow the entire lifecycle of the ship.

Commenting on the newly set-up company, Giuseppe Bono, Chief Executive Officer of Fincantieri, said: “In a globalized world, to be winners and anticipate competitors, companies must be pioneers focusing on innovation, flexibility and dynamism. As of today, Fincantieri has taken a further step in its strategy of group diversification in highly promising sectors”.

Claudio Andrea Gemme, President and Chief Executive Officer of Fincantieri SI, added: “I am very proud to make available to a great company like Fincantieri my several decades experience in the field of industrial plants, electric systems, automation and energy efficiency. Our business will focus on delivering high quality systems and products paying utmost respect for the environment.