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Vestas closes 850kW factory in China

CHINA: Vestas is to close one of its factories in China as a result of a decision to end production of its kW platform.

Vestas is cancelling production of its V52 850kW turbine
Vestas is cancelling production of its V52 850kW turbine

In a statement the company said its was closing its factory in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region and cut 300 jobs. It will also end production of the the V52 and V60 850-kW machines.

Vestas said it took the decision as it projected a low market for the kW range. It said it would honour all existing contracts and continue servicing the turbines.

The closure of the Hohhot plant will leave Vestas with two factories in China, at Tianjin and Xuzhou. In all it has 2,600 employees in the country.

Although, Vestas is pulling back on the 850kW range, other suppliers such as Enercon and Gamesa continue to back the turbines. Recently, Gamesa signed a licensing deal with US community wind developer Harvest the Wind to sell the turbine.

The last Chinese deal for the V52 was for the Jiaochekou wind farm in Chongli County, Hebei Province in January 2011.

The decision follows last week's announcement from Vestas that it was canceling plans to build a factory in Sheerness, southern England to build its upcoming V164 offshore turbine.

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