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Up to 600 jobs to be lost at SGRE in Denmark

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has announced up to 600 jobs could be lost from its operations in Denmark in a bid to "increase competitiveness" and "address challenging market conditions".

Workers at Siemens Gamesa's facilities in Brande and Aalborg will be affected (pic: Siemens / Siemens Gamesa)
Workers at Siemens Gamesa's facilities in Brande and Aalborg will be affected (pic: Siemens / Siemens Gamesa)

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SGRE said it is readjusting its operations in Denmark in response to its L3AD 2020 strategy and the discontinuation of direct-drive onshore wind turbines from its product portfolio under its "one segment, one technology" ethos.

The manufacturer said the production of direct-drive turbines at its Brande facility will be phased out at the end of 2020, and onshore wind blade production at its Aalborg site will end at the end of 2019.

SGRE said its Danish facilities would continue to manufacturer offshore wind turbines and blades, however its Brande site will face a "temporary load reduction" in the offshore wind department due to project delays. Discussions with local unions will begin in October.

The L3AD 2020 strategy was outlined by CEO Markus Tacke at the OEM’s Capital Markets Day in February 2018.

In November 2017, it had announced 6,000 jobs would be lost to increase affordability and scale following the merger of Siemens and Gamesa.

"We deeply regret to have to say goodbye to good and valued colleagues and we will do our utmost to help our affected employees move on in the best possible way," said Andreas Nauen, head of offshore wind at SGRE and managing director of SGRE Denmark.

"These difficult measures are necessary as a responsible resolution to an increasingly competitive industry landscape.

"We need to continue executing on our L3AD 2020 program to serve our global customers and markets as reliably and competitively as we do today," added Nauen.

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