Suppliers play a significant role in our delivery process. We aim to have deep partnerships with our key suppliers in order to ensure that both parties have a mutual understanding of and are able to respond to our strict process and product requirements. Apart from financial benefits, partnerships create added value for suppliers through the knowledge and development support we offer them, and at the same time Wärtsilä gains from the supplier competence. Successful partnerships can also help a local supplier to expand internationally by becoming a part of our global supply chain. In 2011, the value of goods, materials and services purchased by Wärtsilä was EUR 2,694 million. Wärtsilä has more than 3,700 active suppliers, most of whom are located in Europe, where we have our main production units. We are also continuously investing in developing a strong supply chain network in Asia.