LM Wind Power to close Danish sites

Blade manufacturer LM Wind Power plans to close its pilot plant and mould production facilities in Lunderskov, southern Denmark, by mid-May.

Outside LM Wind Power's pilot plant at Lunderskov, southern Denmark
Outside LM Wind Power's pilot plant at Lunderskov, southern Denmark

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It will instead carry out testing in factories where blades are prepared for serial production, as it aims to reduce the time it takes to bring products to market, the company explained.

It will also move “engineering” resources to its factories around the world in a cost-cutting strategy.

Bjarne Sandager Nielsen, LM Wind Power’s vice president of operations and sourcing, said maintaining its current production levels in Denmark was increasing costs and making the company less competitive. 

LM Wind Power also has production facilities and technology centres in France, Spain, Turkey, the UK, Poland, the Netherlands, the US, Brazil, Canada, India, and China.

“We need to speed up the way we introduce new technologies to market by developing prototypes alongside production in manufacturing plants.

“While the announcement is sudden and difficult, it is necessary for us to act now," Nielsen said. 

The closures at Lunderskov could impact about 200 employees.

The firm will decide which jobs will be lost and the new locations of production as part of an upcoming consultation on the closures ahead of the planned closure of the facilities by 18 May.

The manufacturer currently employs about 600 people in Denmark — including at its headquarters and technology centres — and that its remaining employees will continue to work in the country.

LM Wind Power was bought by GE Renewable Energy for €1.5 billion in 2016.

In its most recently published financial statements, LM Wind Power reported a loss of DKK 611 million (€82 million) for 2018, according to Danish news website EnergiWatch.

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