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Exhibitor rush at Austin's Windpower 2003

Competition for US market share brought most of the world's major turbine manufacturers to Austin, where the spacious exhibit floor accommodated 166 exhibits, up from 90 in 2002. NEG Micon, GE Wind Energy, Vestas, Suzlon, with the only exhibit featuring a full size nacelle, Gamesa Energía, new to the US market, Nordex, and The Wind Turbine Company were all there. But as significantly, much of the floor was jammed with smaller businesses devoted to research, siting and the hard work of transporting turbines to sites and hoisting them into the air. Businesses long associated with electric generation construction -- crane operators and transport companies -- are recognising wind's potential for growth and want a piece of the action. Not to be outdone by the industry's giant icons, two attorney firms staffed booths for three days with a total of 15 lawyers, perhaps taking the honours for the most expensive booths at the conference.

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