During the official ceremony, attended by the
Argentinian president Mauricio Macri, national and provincial
authorities, and representatives from the world of business, Nordex
Group and FAdeA celebrated the official opening of the Argentinian
production plant in Córdoba on June 5th, 2019.
The agreement between Nordex Group and FAdeA for the
construction of a local assembly line was concluded in December 2018,
and the production facility was set in record time. Production began in
mid-April and the first AW132/3300 nacelles for projects for the power
utility AES Generación S.A. have already left the production line.
This factory positions the Nordex Group as a local
supplier in a booming wind market with good wind conditions. The
nacelles and hubs assembly shop has been designed for an annual capacity
of up to 500 MW. The Nordex Group is also setting up three local
production plants for concrete towers, through its subcontractors. This
allows the Nordex Group to supply wind turbines, which qualify as fully
local, entitling its clients to significant tax benefits, and thus
reducing the cost of energy.
Said José Luis Blanco, CEO of the Nordex Group: “As
an international company, local-level manufacturing close to our sales
regions is an essential element of our expansion strategy. To date, we
have had great success in Argentina, as shown by orders for more than
600 MW in the last two years. Argentina has some of the best wind
resources in the world and it is well positioned to become a major wind
power market. Wind turbines within the multi-megawatt range, in which
this plant has specialized, will play a key role in this surge.”
The factory in Córdoba will employ up to 100 specialists, plus a further 200 employees in each of the concrete tower plants.
Antonio Beltramone, president of FAdeA remarked,
“This plant is a new proof that transparency, commitment and teamwork
can reverse the worst case scenarios. Only 8 months ago, this place was
an abandoned scrap heap. Thanks to the confidence of Nordex and the
support of many people, we have now a plant with the latest technology.”
And added “Today FAdeA offers the greatest diversity of services in its
history, it has never had such diverse list of capabilities. Having in
FAdeA the first production plant for wind energy of Córdoba is an honor.
Once again FAdeA is a vital source for industrial prosperity.”
Fábrica Argentina de Aviones “Brig. San Martin“ S.A – a profile
FAdeA is a listed company under the auspices of the
Argentinian Ministry of Defense and has more than 90 years of experience
in aviation technology. The company has been strategically realigned
and operates in new areas of international business with industrial
partners from the civil and military segment. These now include
renewable energy in a aim to diversify its activities.