Volvo Penta helps lighting the World Cup
When one of the world’s most exciting sporting events makes its return to Brazil this summer, Stemac, a major generator assembler based in Porto Alegre, will be there to power the event, using Volvo Penta-equipped gensets.
This summer, for the first time in more than 60 years, Brazil is hosting the World Cup, football’s biggest, most thrilling global event. If Brazil’s World Cup is anything like the 2010 South Africa event, which saw nearly 3.18 million fans attend 64 matches, Brazil’s 12 stadiums will be jam-packed with throngs of spectators cheering on their home nations. But with all the buzz and excitement over the players, it’s easy to overlook the one thing that keeps the games going and the lights ablaze: electricity.
With a more-than 50 per cent share of the market and 62 years of experience, Stemac is one of Brazil’s premiere generator set producers. Based in Porto Alegre and with a new manufacturing facility in Itumbiara, Stemac produces around 7,000 gensets per year, earning itself a reputation for delivering high-quality, durable products supported by an extensive service network with 38 branches strategically located around the country. Over the years, Stemac has sold more than 60,000 generators across Brazil and many more throughout Latin America and Africa.
With its long history in Brazil, it comes as no surprise that Stemac is the company World Cup officials have entrusted with powering several stadiums that will be used in the 2014 games.
World Cup glory, Volvo Penta power
Though Stemac uses engines from a variety of suppliers, adapting its offerings to customer needs, the company is rapidly growing its relationship with Volvo Penta. In 2013, Stemac installed more than 250 Volvo Penta D13 and D16 engines in its gensets.
“Volvo Penta engines are reliable and powerful,” Ollermann says. “We’re confident in their ability to perform.”
Volvo Penta-powered Stemac gensets will have the opportunity to prove exactly what they can do on the world stage of this year’s World Cup. Two stadiums — Beira Rio in Porto Alegre (which will host five matches) and Manaus in Manaus city (hosting four matches) — will use a combined six Stemac gensets powered by Volvo Penta TAD1642GE and TAD1643GE engines. The gensets, which will produce around 700 kVA of energy each, have already been delivered.
“We’re looking forward to joining Stemac in powering such an important, prestigious global event, as well as our continued growth together as we power the everyday business of Brazil,” says Ron Huibers, president of Volvo Penta of the Americas.