Gamesa's Calvet acts on Spanish job cut threat

SPAIN: Gamesa chief executive Jorge Calvet is fullfilling his February 2011 threat to halve the company's Spanish turbine production capacity by 2013, unless the government renews the wind power support model.

Gamesa chief executive Jorge Calvet...  fulfilling cuts threat
Gamesa chief executive Jorge Calvet... fulfilling cuts threat

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So far, the Spanish manufacturer has reduced capacity by 800MW. This represents a 40% cut on Gamesa's 2GW national capacity at the start of 2010, Calvet's reference year when he made the threat.

At the time he was announcing the company's recently approved business plan for 2011-2013. Spain's current incentive model expires in December.

Spain's wind sector claims to have lost over 10,000 jobs since 2009 due to the lack of regulatory beyond 2012. In January this year, the governemnt turned the hiatus into an official and indefinite moratorium on renewables.

As opposed to Vestas' January decision to slash 2300-3900 jobs globally, Gamesa's capacity reduction in Spain actually runs parallel to a global staff increase. Its head count rose from 4629 in 2010 to 4853 in 2011.

That is "mainly due to increased service and technology activities", the company told Windpower Monthly. Those activities back the company's capacity expansion and new products abroad, including new factories in Brazil and India.

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