The new offshore wind energy technology center will be situated near the company’s existing wind turbine blade facility in Jiangyin, two hours’ drive west of Shanghai. LM Wind Power thereby extends its successful cooperation with the Jiangyin Government in line with the local authorities’ ambitions to establish an important renewable energy business development area.
LM Wind Power Blades VP and General Manager for China, Steven Wang commented: "We can move quickly and develop prototypes faster. To meet the demand for fast development of blades for Class I wind areas for Northern Europe and Class II and III wind areas for offshore China and Korea, LM Wind Power Blades has established a manufacturing and testing facility for prototypes close to this important market. The proximity of the new site to the Yangtze River means we can ship blades easily to the Jiangsu offshore regions as well as to Korea and other sites in Asia".
LM Wind Power Blades VP Global Sales & Marketing, Ian Telford added: "This is not just a site for China. LM Wind Power is making a strategic move to set up a world class location to develop, test and manufacture big blades, which will cut costs and development time for our customers. We expect to use this site to make prototype blades to help our customers worldwide to test their prototype turbines, before setting up serial production nearer to their home markets. The facility is also fully flexible so when we are not making prototypes, the bays can quickly be converted into manufacturing blades for 1.5-3MW wind turbines’.
LM Wind Power Blades currently produces the world’s largest offshore blade in serial production, the LM 61.5P2 for 5 and 6MW wind turbines, the largest blade for the first 5 MW Chinese turbine, by XEMC/Darwin and is working on blades of over 70 meters which will be in production during 2011.
The company already operates a three mold facility at Jiangyin which makes GloBlade®1 (LM42.1P1) blades, primarily for 1.5MW wind turbines. Furthermore, blade workshops are operational in Urumqi, Tianjin and Qin Huang Dao. LM Wind Power has grown its Chinese market share dramatically in the last two years and during 2010, LM Wind Power opened 4 new blade workshops (of 3 molds each) and extended its Tianjin factory. On a global level the company employs approximately 5,500 people of which more than 2,000 people are employed in China.