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Sinovel and Vestas continue to lose Chinese market share

CHINA: China's former number one wind turbine manufacturer Sinovel has fallen to third place in the country's league suppliers over 2012, the troubled company's second drop in consecutive years.

Sinovel was China's number one manufacturer in 2010
Sinovel was China's number one manufacturer in 2010

Goldwind has retained the number one slot it gained last year, while Guodian United Power has moved ahead of Sinovel into second place. Ming Yang and XEMC occupied fourth and fifth place respectively. (see Top 20).

However, in terms of overall installations the figures illustrate the fall in the demand in the Chinese market. The 2.52GW Goldwind installed would have only taken it to fourth place in 2011.

Gamesa was the only international company to feature in the top 10, rising to ninth with 490MW. While Vestas, which as recently as 2010 was in sixth place, came in a disappointing 11th, having installed 410MW.

GE was another overseas company to fall. It dropped from 11th place to 17th, having only installed 90MW, compared with 408MW in 2011.

Despite the downturn, some manufacturers managed to increase their build rate. Envision installed 540MW compared to 348MW the year before, a 55% increase. Also, despite not moving in the league, Ming Yang developed 1.5GW, a 27% increase.  

The figures were supplied by the Chinese Wind Energy Assocation (CWEA). China installed about 14GW wind turbines in 2012, according to CWEA.

Commenting on the figures, CWEA president He Dexin said that although the total was smaller than in previous years, the large absolute numbers remained powerful enough to support stable and sustainable development of the Chinese wind power industry.

China installed 17.63GW wind turbines in 2011 and 18.94GW turbines in 2010.

Top 20 manufactuers in China

  1. Goldwind, 2.52GW
  2. Guodian United Power, 2.05GW
  3. Sinovel, 1.77GW
  4. Ming Yang, 1.51GW
  5. XEMC, 1.15GW
  6. Shanghai Electric, 810MW
  7. Envision, 540MW
  8. Dongfang Electric, 510MW
  9. Gamesa, 490MW
  10. CSIC Haizhuang, 420MW
  11. Vestas, 410MW
  12. CSR Wind, 370MW
  13. Yunda, 360MW
  14. China Creative Wind Energy, 290MW
  15. Xuji Wind, 170MW
  16. Huayi Wind Energy, 110MW
  17. GE Wind Energy, 90MW
  18. Swiss electric, 80MW
  19. Jingcehng New Energy, 50MW
  20. CASC Wanyuan, 50MW

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