Vestas to cut jobs as part of offshore wind JV integration

Vestas plans to cut about 220 jobs as it integrates MHI Vestas into the company

Cuts will affect staff in Denmark and the UK, Vestas said
Cuts will affect staff in Denmark and the UK, Vestas said

Vestas intends to lay off about 220 employees in Denmark and the UK as it ramps up the integration of its offshore wind arm MHI Vestas into the company.

The company does not plan to close any facilities in either country as part of today's announcement – but a spokesman told Windpower Monthly Vestas "would continuously evaluate its organisation and footprint" and assess whether closures or further cuts were needed.

Vestas stated that no employees paid by the hour would lose their jobs in this round of cuts.

Most of the job cuts (about 150) are due to take place in Denmark, with 25 to follow in the UK, and other, smaller numbers in unspecified countries.

It will now go into a consultation process with the relevant employee representatives and the company to have clarity for most employees by the end of January, the manufacturer stated.

Vestas plans to continue integrating MHI Vestas into the company throughout 2021 and announce a consolidated and simplified organisational setup internally on 1 February.

The Danish company closed the deal to buy out its offshore wind joint venture partner Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) in December 2020.

It now plans to integrate the two companies into “one organisation based on one shared operating model and unified culture”, Vestas explained.

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