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Siemens opens first blade manufacturing plant in China

CHINA: Siemens has opened its first blade manufacturing facility in China to produce components for its 2.3MW and 3.6MW machines.

Siemens launches blade factory in Shanghai
Siemens launches blade factory in Shanghai

The 177,000-sq m factory, which cost €35million, is located in in Linggang, neighboring the deep-sea Yangshan Harbor of Shanghai.

It has the capacity to produce more than 600 wind turbine blades annually and will target both domestic and export markets, said Wolfgang Dehen, CEO of the Siemens Energy Sector.

The annual production capacity for the new facility is initially planned to be 500MW. Dehen, said the first 49-meter-long and 12-ton wind turbine blades are scheduled to leave the plant at the end of 2010.

Dehen said: "Wind power has excellent growth perspectives.

"The global wind power market will grow from about €30 billion annually today to as much as €216 billion by 2030. We anticipate especially robust growth rates in China."

Since 2005, China has doubled its installed wind power capacity each year and plans to install 150GW wind power by 2020, which equals to three times the installed wind power capacity of the whole of Europe today.

"We see great potential for Siemens in Asia' s wind market. With Shanghai being our hub for Asia Pacific we are very well positioned to participate in this exciting growth market," said Dehen.

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