LM Glasfiber officially celebrated the grand opening of its new wind turbine blade factory in Urumqi in the Xinjiang province, LM Glasfiber’s second blade manufacturing facility in China and the 10th worldwide.
In its first phase the new factory is expected to produce approximately 500 blades per year and create employment for approximately 200 people. A further expansion is slated for 2008. The factory is based on LM Glasfiber’s modular layout principles making easy and fast capacity expansion possible in order to follow the rapid growth of the Chinese wind market.
Urumqi is the home of Goldwind – with which LM Glasfiber has signed a strategic cooperation agreement earlier this year. Xinjiang is one of the richest resources of wind energy in China and has one of the best developed wind industrial bases.
Mr. Wu Gang, CEO of Goldwind said: We are very pleased to see today the first result of our cooperation with the opening of LM Glasfiber’s Xinjiang blade factory. It is key for us and our customers to secure supply of quality blades for our large project pipeline. That is why today is an important day. Wind power is a strategic priority area in China, and Goldwind is strongly committed to turning our ambitious targets into reality.”
In his inauguration speech, LM Glasfiber CEO Roland Sundén said: “China has most impressively committed to the development of renewable energy. I am confident that China will become the world’s biggest wind energy market within the next few years. We are proud that Goldwind has selected LM Glasfiber as a long-term cooperation partner allowing us to play an active role in this development.”
The first blades from the new factory will be supplied to Goldwind turbines in the Da Ban Cheng wind park in Xinjiang. The wind farm is the largest in China and has 200 turbines with a total installed capacity of 100 MW.
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