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Rolls–Royce Marine Propulsion In Ulsteinvik

An international market presents challenges, problems and opportunities. Rolls-Royce Marine Propulsion in Ulsteinvik produces powertrains for ships and supplies technology to a market, not limited by national borders. Production of transmissions weighing several tonnes takes times; over 12 months prior to installation. Installation rarely takes place in the immediate vicinity of the production site, and this in itself can cause a number of unique problems. On one occasion, a shipyard, upon receiving a powertrain, found that there was a leak around the driveshaft. The gasket that had been fitted in the damp Western Norwegian climate, a year in advance, had quite simply dried up. It was unable to withstand the tests of time or the drastic difference in climate between Norway and Dubai. Once the shaft began to rotate, the gasket was torn to shreds, having been stuck to the shaft. The ship had to return to the dock immediately.

We’ve had the pleasure of working in close partnership with Rolls Royce for many years, and were able to help with their challenge. We called on Carco, one of our more specialised contacts in the gasket industry. Their product Carcoflon, a unique rubber mix, which doesn’t lose its flexibility, and eliminates friction even at high temperatures was perfect for the job. A special gasket was ordered, produced and supplied in record time – problem solved.