IHI and AESA in technology link
JAPAN'S Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries Co (IHI) has signed a contract with state-run Spanish shipbuilder AESA to provide the latter with shipbuilding technology, from basic design to marketing.
IHI will provide the firm with basic ship design and production technology, a computer system for designing merchant ships and knowhow for streamlining and modernising facilities.
It will also use AESA as a purchasing centre for materials.
AESA built two ships in the 1970s that were based on the design of the Freedom, a standard cargo vessel of 26,000 deadweight tonnes, developed by IHI.
Industry sources said Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding Co and Sumitomo Heavy Industries had decided to separately introduce the same software made by Kockums Computer Systems AB of Sweden for three-dimensional computer-aided design and manufacturing.
Their deteriorating earnings, caused by depressed ship prices, prompted them to make the decision, they said.
Previously, they had planned to develop such software by themselves.