Nordex makes job cuts in China

CHINA: Nordex is to make 130 job cuts at its blade factory at Dongying, east China, citing falling orders at the plant.

In a statement, Nordex chief executive Jürgen Zeschky said: "By reducing structural costs, we want to take steps to ensure sustainable profitability in our Chinese activities by the end this year."

Nordex launched the Dongying factory in 2007. The facility equipped 1.5MW wind turbines coming off the production line at the German company's factory in Ningxia, West China.

At the time, it was reported the Dongying factory would produce 225 rotor blades for 75 turbines. Until recently, Nordex was planning to expand the plant.

In October last year, Nordex China CEO Jens Olsen said: "We will invest more in our blade plant in east China’s Dongying. We will produce the N90/2.5MW and N100/2.5MW turbines in bulk in China next year."

In August, the German manufacturer suffered a €13.1 million loss on the first half of 2012 and today blamed the losses on weak sales in its American and Asian markets.

However, elsewhere the company has been doing well. In November it announced a 7% increase in sales for the first nine months of the year, with Europe and performing particularly well.

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