22 April 2008
22 April 2008
Construction has just started on what is envisioned to become LM Glasfiber's largest blade factory in Northern Europe.
The new factory - their third in Northern Europe - will supply blades for the fast growing multi-MW turbine segment and will be suitable for manufacturing blades of more than 60 metres in length. Located in Goleniów, in northwest Poland, the site itself offers logistical options by road or sea enabling flexible delivery of large blades to the key markets in Northern, Central and Eastern Europe, and to the offshore market.
The factory will be built on an area of 280,000 m2 using LM Glasfiber's modular factory concept. In the initial phase, the factory should provide work for more than 250 employees and an annual manufacturing capacity of 750MW. The first teams of employees are already being trained and qualified in Denmark. Supply from the new factory is expected to begin at the end of 2008, when it will start supplying blades for Nordex wind farms in Poland and the rest of Europe.
Dr. Hansjörg Müller, COO Operations of Nordex said: ""We are very pleased to be able to secure new blade supply capacity in Poland. Nordex has recently successfully entered the Polish market.. In addition, the new factory provides a competitive supply option for large blades for our other European projects strongly supporting our ambitious growth strategy.""
Søren F. Knudsen, VP & Chief Commercial Officer of LM Glasfiber said: ""With the new Polish factory we continue our global capacity expansion programme, enabling us to better respond in a timely manner to the needs of our customers. I am very happy that we will soon be able to offer Nordex and our other strategic customers new blade supply capacity that significantly adds value to their business in a fast growing wind power market.""
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