German scrubber manufacturer Bilfinger has reported growing sales and six months after announcing sales of its products had notched up €40m, it now says its orderbook exceeds €100m with its technology to be used on 70 ocean-going vessels.
Tom Blades, CEO of Bilfinger: "Our scrubbers stand out for their low operating costs, excellent environmental performance and high system reliability. There is huge potential for environmental technologies, especially in the maritime sector. Bilfinger has decades of expertise in flue-gas cleaning. This enables our customers to continue safely operating their vessels in what is becoming a stricter regulatory environment."
Since Bilfinger began transferring its power plant flue-gas desulphurisation expertise to maritime applications around two years ago, orders received have come to around €102 million. According to the German Shipowners' Association (VDR), some 50,000 merchant ships are affected by the new sulphur emission limits. To meet the anticipated demand, the Group is already taking a closer look at potential fabrication partners for scrubber systems in China.
Current customers include shipping companies from Germany and Greece as well as a shipyard in China. The orders come under the Technologies service line.
Bilfinger supplies both open-loop and hybrid scrubbers. With its scrubber solutions, Bilfinger provides a full-service package taking in development, fabrication and maintenance.
Jens Borgschulte, Finance Director of the Technologies service line said, "The scrubber is a virtually unrivalled product that pays for itself in just one to two and a half years. The strong demand bears out our successful technology transfer from the industrial plant sector to other growth segments."