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Vestas reorganises Asian sales units - updated

ASIA-PACIFIC: Vestas has split its Asian sales unit in two, with one focusing on China and Mongolia, and the other to serve the rest of the Asian-Pacific region.

Vestas took 2.2% of the Chinese market in 2016, installing 510MW
Vestas took 2.2% of the Chinese market in 2016, installing 510MW

Update 02-March: Vestas has appointed Cliver Turton to lead the Asia-Pacific office from 1 April. Turton arrives at Vestas from being CEO at Asia Power Development Platform.

The power generation developer is a joint venture between investment firm Macquarie and German power company Steag.

Turton will lead the Vestas sales office based in Singapore. 

 

As a result of the split, Vestas' senior vice president of Asia-Pacific and China Chris Beaufait has left the company. 

"Chris has successfully led our daily operations in [Asia-Pacific] since April 2014 and grown the region to a point where creating two new [sales units] is a natural next step. I would like to thank him for his dedication and contribution to the positive development of region," said chief sales officer Juan Araluce.

The two new offices will begin operating from 1 April 2017, Vestas said. The China-focused office will be based in Beijing and led by Kebao Yang. 

Yang was previously chairman and general manager at the Chinese subsidiary of construction and mining equipment manufacturer Caterpillar.

According to figures from the Chinese Wind Energy Association (CWEA), Vestas was the largest non-domestic OEM in China in 2016, installing 510MW just ahead of nearest foreign rival Gamesa (498MW). 

Vestas increased its market share from 0.9% in 2015, to 2.2% last year, CWEA's figures stated, becoming China's 12th largest supplier. 

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