Nordex and Enercon boast strong order totals

GERMANY: Manufacturer Nordex's orders increased by a third in 2016, following the completion of its acquisition of Acciona Windpower in April, as Enercon has its second-best year.

Nordex orders up by a third due to incorporation of Acciona Windpower
Nordex orders up by a third due to incorporation of Acciona Windpower

Nordex said order total increased from €2.47 billion in 2015 to €3.3 billion last year, demonstrating the benefit of its acquisition.

The share of orders from South and North America – regions where Acciona technology was more popular – increased to 34% in 2016, up from just 10% a year earlier.

In 2015, 90% of Nordex orders came from Europe and Africa. The region contributed 65% to the order total, Nordex said, backed up by strong performance in its domestic market.

"The achieved order intake for 2016 fell just under three percent short of the company's full-year target following the postponement of a major order in South America," Nordex said.


Nordex's domestic rival also had a strong year for orders, again on the back of a strong showing in Germany.

In 2016, Enercon installed 1,547 wind turbines, totaling 3,832MW around the world.

This was just 105MW short of its best ever year — 2014  — when it installed 3,937MW, of which 2,039MW was in its home market, the company said. Last year's performance was up 23% on 2015.

Of its 2016 total, 48% of installed capacity went in the ground in Germany.

For 2017, Enercon anticipates a stable performance comparable with 2016.

But it warned of growing challenges for the whole wind sector, saying that "competition will become harder and political decisions will lead to difficult framework conditions in important key markets".

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