WindEnergy 2014: Alstom targets Germany

GERMANY: Alstom is targeting the renewables market in Germany in spite of its upcoming merger with GE. Alstom Germany managing director Markus Rieck explained the move to Windpower TV.

The German market may be one of the world's major wind sectors, but it is also one of the most contested. Enercon has around 60% of the market, with Vestas and Nordex among those fighting for the remaining share.

It is notable that even an established manufacturer with German factories such as Siemens has struggled to make an impact, although Siemens is the leader in offshore.

Alstom, soon to be subsumed into GE, is looking to get into this market, but has yet to install a turbine in the country. Asked about the scale of the challenge, Rieck said: "Alstom is new in Germany in terms of wind, but not in terms of an industrial presence."

Rieck pointed to Alstom's product offering, both onshore and offshore. Subject to the GE deal going through, the latter is set to become part of a joint venture with Alstom, while onshore will be taken into GE.

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