Senvion to open Indian R&D centre

INDIA: Senvion will establish a research and development (R&D) centre in Bangalore, India, in a bid to boost turbine advancement.

Senvion will expand its R&D capabilities in Germany and India

Senvion has announced that the new facility will support its existing centre in Osterronfeld, Germany, which will also see an increase in staff. The new unit will open in September.

The group's vice president of production management, Bernhard Telgmann, said: "In order to maintain the extremely high level of expertise when expanding the team, we look into countries with excellent engineering capabilities in wind energy."

A Senvion spokesperson said India was chosen as the location for the new centre for two reasons: "We have analyzed several locations in terms of their suitability.

"Communication is easy because English is a business language in India. The time zone allows us more hours that colleagues in India and Germany work at the same time compared to other countries, for example, China. This is important for a successful collaboration."

Last week, the manufacturer announced a reshuffle within the company. The products and services divisions have been split across two units.

Russell Stoddard will move from chief technical officer to become chief reliability officer, leading the servicing unit, and Telgmann will manage the product and technology division.

New Senvion chief financial officer Manav Sharma told Windpower Monthly the move last week was to allow a refocusing of strategies. "We can now run technology away from the distractions of a fully operating business like servicing, and concentrate on some very crucial product interventions with a renewed and complete focus," he said.

Indian manufacturer Suzlon sold Senvion earlier this year for €1 billion to private equity firm Centrebridge Partners.