Lagerwey the Windmaster's success in Japan has been recognised in an award for export performance presented by the Dutch chamber of commerce in Japan. Lagerwey, the Netherlands' sole wind turbine maker, secured Japanese orders for over 100 of its 750 kW turbines in little over a year, establishing a commanding position in Japan. Its first Japanese orders -- an 80 kW and 250 kW machine -- were booked in 1998, with the first 750 kW units sold in 1999. The company's success owes much to its co-operation with Japanese industrial giant NKK Corp, Lagerwey's local sales partner since 1997 and with whom it has a technology transfer agreement for tower construction to meet Japan's earthquake regulations. Lagerwey managing director Johan Keurentjes was presented with the newly created "Deshima" export award in Tokyo on April 24 during the "Fairwind 2000" exposition celebrating 400 years of Japanese Dutch trade. Lagerwey says it expects to anounce more Japanese orders very soon.
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