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                                                                  Media release on 23 May 2011 at 1 pm




FIMECC brings the advantages of serial production to project deliveries:



The Fixcel system will revolutionise the methods and quality of shipbuilding

Shippax Ltd is a forward-looking Finnish SME that has boldly begun to develop new innovations for the
shipbuilding industry. The revolutionary sandwich-structure construction system for accommodation cabins is based
on the steel Fixcel panels developed by Shippax.

Concerns about the future of Finnish shipyards have been expressed in public even by a representative of the
Ministry of Employment and Economy. At the end of January in Turku, director Anssi Paasivirta said the following:
“I urge you shipbuilders to prepare yourself for the possibility that in the future cruise liners will no longer be built in
Finland.”

Shippax CEO Tapio Kordelin views the future differently.
– We began to develop the multi-storey honeycomb structures on the basis of our own patent. Now, the
development has reached its final stage, and prototypes and pilot projects are just around the corner.
– We have studied, together with our numerous collaborators, how the Fixcel method can be applied to the hull of a
cruise ship: strengths, shaking, acceleration and vibration have been measured and tested. Fire resistance tests
have been performed in co-operation with the Technical Research Centre of Finland, sound measurements have
been conducted at the Tampere University of Technology and diverse ship testing has taken place with STX.
Strength calculations have been carried out in co-operation with Foreship.

The Fixcel technique is well-suited for the purposes of shipbuilding and offshore applications. On land, the method
is utilised by Neapo Ltd, a spin-off company established in 2007, which has built a daycare centre in Hämeenlinna
and is about to start a project in Vantaa involving the construction of three multi-storey houses. In addition, an office
building is about to be constructed in Turku, built by Shippax on behalf of Neapo. The homepage of Fimecc Ltd has
video material demonstrating the technique.


The hull and hotel block of the cruise ship are built separately

In the Fixcel method, the cabins are hoisted to the cruise ship in macromodules comprising 6–12 cabins, forming
the frame of the hotel block. The cabins come complete with floors and ready-made with balconies and wet room
tiling. The structure is very rigid and the modules can be delivered completely finished from the factory to the
shipyard over long distances. The maintenance rooms required for different systems are prefabricated, the tubing is
vertical and couplings need to be made only on the interfaces of the modules.

The levels of quality and appearance are raised to new heights because the modules are constructed completely
indoors. For the first time, it is stucturally possible to produce a glass façade even for a whole cabin.
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Fixcel structures aim at considerable savings

The weight of the hotel areas is expected to decrease by approximately 10 % from what they weigh now, and,
despite this, there will be an increase of 10 % in cabin capacity in the volume available. An extra cabin deck can be
built into a typical large cruise ship without increasing its overall height. Alternatively, the ship’s displacement can be
reduced and its centre of mass moved lower.
Depending on the type of the ship, the total cost of hotel areas will decrease by 10–20 %, and the construction time
of the ship will shorten by 2–3 months. 60–70 % less labour will be needed for onboard construction in the cabin
areas. In addition, knowing that transporting a ton by sea requires one ton of fuel per year, lighter structures will also
cut emissions and operating costs.

Co-operation is key

Fimecc CEO Harri Kulmala says that even though Shippax is categorised as an SME, it promotes notable
innovations with the help of Fimecc. Shippax has also received funding for internationalisation from the Finnish
Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation, Tekes. Tapio Kordelin feels confident about the possibilities the
Fixcel method has to offer.
– Shipyards as well as all the other parties want to develop something new now that the orders for ships built using
traditional techniques are starting to run low.
– The development work also involves universities, for example, in the development and application of industrial
engineering and strength calculations.

Kulmala expects that a ship building project based on macromodules will soon begin in Finland.
– A new way of building ships needs to emerge in Finland. The shipyard is a platform that makes new type of
industrial production possible. Fimecc is turning project building into a modularised industrial business that has all
the benefits of serial production.
– We will digitise shipbuilding, and Shippax will do excellent moduling work during the process, says Patrik
Rautaheimo, the VP in Design and Engineering at STX Finland.


Further information:
Harri Kulmala, CEO, FIMECC Ltd, +358 (0)40 840 6380, harri.kulmala@fimecc.com
Jukka Laiterä, Sales Director, Oy Shippax Ltd +358 (0)400 523 173, jukka.laitera@shippax.fi
Patrik Rautaheimo, VP in Design and Engineering, STX Finland Oy +358 (0)40 518 5806, patrik.rautaheimo@stxeurope.com
Press photographs and a video: http://www.fimecc.com/fi/index.php/Medialle


Finnish Metals and Engineering Competence Cluster Ltd is a strategic centre for science, technology and innovation (in
Finnish: SHOK) in the metals and engineering sector. FIMECC’s current volume is 240 million euros, and our programmes
involve over 120 organisations. After only two years of operation, FIMECC has published over 20 scientific and industrial results.
FIMECC is an innovation company that combines the views shared by the industry on the sources of future competitiveness with
the research competence of research institutes. Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation, has
committed to the operations and development of FIMECC and funds its research programmes. www.fimecc.com

								
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