Siemens Wind Power, a turbine division of Siemens AG, signed a five-year contract with engineering services provider Axiscades Engineering Technologies Ltd to set up an offshore development centre (ODC) to design wind turbines and provide design support to production and research teams of Siemens working out of Denmark, Germany and the US.
The ODC will start with 50 engineers and will be scaled to 300 over the next 3-5 years. “It is in line with Siemens strategy to maintain a global footprint of partners in engineering,” said Steen Kirkegaard Jensen, head of mechanical design at Siemens in a statement on Thursday.
“We are confident that Axiscades is a competent partner with whom we can develop and grow with, and also leverage from their vast experience from working with other global industrial players,” he said.
Axiscades provides engineering services to customers such as Caterpillar Inc. and Airbus Group SE in heavy engineering, automotive, aerpsace and defence, energy and semiconductor sectors.
“With the wind turbine market eyeing rapid growth over the next few years on the back of policy-driven installations across Europe and North America, it has become imperative for manufacturers to build a competitive advantage through optimised costs and better technical value proposition,” Sudhakar Gande, vice chairman of Axiscades said.
Siemens Wind Power is the market leader in offshore wind power technology and services, and has installed 16,000 wind turbines with a total capacity of 30 GW globally.