Svanehøj, a Denmark-based pump manufacturer, has opened a new office in Kobe, Japan.

The office will allow Svanehøj to grow its customer base in East Asia, where shipbuilders seek solutions for environmentally friendly shipping trade. 

“We already have many customers in East Asia, particularly in Japan, and we notice a very exciting development is taking place out there,” said Søren Kringelholt Nielsen, CEO of Svanehøj.

“The gas market is growing rapidly, driven by a focus on getting rid of harmful particles from oil and coal. I am convinced that we can increase our sales through physical presence in East Asia.”

Svanehøj already supplies several of the largest shipyards in the region, including Korean Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI), who placed an order for 48 Svanehøj pumps for three new very large ethane carriers earlier this year.

Approximately 85% of the world’s transport ships are built in Japan, Korea or China, and the growing demand for solutions towards a more environmentally friendly shipping trade highlights the need for Svanehøj’s new sales office in Kobe.

Jens Peter has been appointed to lead the new office, changing his title from International Sales Manager to Sales Director, Asia.

This year, the company expects to quadruple sales of its Svanehøj ECA Fuel Pump for LNG, ethane and methanol, and has set goals for a further doubling in 2020.

The order intake for the first eight months of 2019 is up a third compared to the same period in 2018.

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Source: Svanehøj