AB Karlstad Mekaniska Werkstads (trans. Karlstad Mechanical Works Ltd), known as Kamewa, was a Swedish manufacturing company in the city of Kristinehamn. Kamewa started as a brand name of the controllable-pitch propellers manufactured by KMW. KMW was founded in the city of Karlstad in 1860. KMW also manufactured pulp and paper machines for paper mills and hydro power turbines. Kamewa was acquired by the British company Vickers plc in 1986. In 1999, Rolls-Royce acquired Vickers and thus currently owns the Kamewa portfolio. The Swedish part of the business is now called Rolls-Royce AB and is based in Kristinehamn.[clarification needed]
The Kamewa waterjets are still traded by Rolls-Royce under that name and are offered in four versions:
- Kamewa A
100% Aluminium construction, primarily for high performance boats.
- Kamewa FF
Small series of waterjets for applications of 3 to 72 tonnes displacement.
- Kamewa S
For fast ferry applications, e.g. the Stena HSS operated from Great Britain to Ireland/European continent.
- Kamewa Advanced Propulsion Systems
Waterjet developed specifically for the Volvo Penta diesel engine
Rolls-Royce also produces Kamewa and Kamewa Ulstein propellers.
In 2016, Pacific Power Group was awarded the company's first distributorship to serve the Western U.S.
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- "ROLLS-ROYCE, KAMEWA WATERJET". nautica.it. Archived from the original on 2013-02-18. Retrieved 2008-05-28.
- "Kamewa FF-series waterjets". Retrieved 2007-05-28.[dead link]
- "Kamewa S-series". Retrieved 2008-05-28.[dead link]
- "Rolls-Royce Inks US Waterjets Distribution, Service Deal". MarineLink. 2016-11-17. Retrieved 2016-12-02.
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