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Nordex invests EUR 50m in low-wind blades

GERMANY: Nordex is to invest up to EUR 50 million in the expansion of its large-dimensioned blade construction capacity to facilitate its continued push into the low-wind market.

Nordex's blade plant in Rostock showing the planned new hall
Nordex's blade plant in Rostock showing the planned new hall

The initial impact of the investment, which will be made between 2014 and 2016, will be the expansion and modernisation of the company's blade plant in Rostock, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, northern Germany.

The greater dimensions of the blades and moulds mean that modifications will have to be made to the production halls. A new hall for rotor blade finishing will also have to be built.

This will account for around half of the investment, with the rest of the funds going towards developing a "build-to-print" strategy with international suppliers, which will see other manufacturers fabricate blades to Nordex's designs.

Nordex said that this is necessary because around 80% of the company's business is conducted outside Germany. It remains committed to covering only 20 to 30% of its blade requirements internally.

The Rostock factory will now focus on producing the larger NR58.5 and NR65.5 blades for the N117/2400, N117/2400 and N131/3000 turbines.

Nordex has successfully established itself as a leader in low-wind turbines in recent years, with the N117/2400 providing the basis for the company's growth in market share.

The N117/3000 and N131/3000 were launched last year to increase its offering in the low- and medium-wind markets.

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