Vestas to invest in Taranto plant

ITALY: Vestas is to produce blades for its V112-3MW at its plant in Tarnato, Italy, giving the facility a much needed boost after the closure of its nacelle factory in the city.

Vestas has announced the closure of its nacelle plant in the city
Vestas has announced the closure of its nacelle plant in the city
The manufacturer said it will invest EUR 10 million to retool the plant, and will create as many as 60 positions for workers from the soon-to-be-closed nacelle factory.

Vestas announced in October that it would be shutting its nacelle factory in the city, with the loss of 120 jobs, but now says it will retrain some of them for redeployment.

"Depending on market conditions, up to an additional 60 employees at the nacelles facility could be offered employment at the blades factory," the company said in a statement.

"Furthermore, 30 nacelles employees could be hired in Vestas facilities in the UK, Spain, Denmark, or Germany, depending on the individuals' professional qualifications and personnel requirements at these facilities."

Vestas has recently reiterated its intention to cut its global staff to 16,000 employees by the end of the year, from 16,200 currently, and 22,721 at the end of 2011. However, it said that it will scale up some areas, while cutting back in others to deal with market demand.

While the manufacturer added jobs at its Colorado factories earlier this month, the positions are only temporary, with Vestas saying it wants to "create a more flexible, scaleable organisation".

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