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The Wind Energy Group's blade manufacturing division has formally separated from WEG's turbine manufacturing business under a new name, Taywood Aerolaminates. The new business is now a division of Birtley Engineering which, like WEG, is a subsidiary of the British construction giant Taylor Woodrow. The 40-strong team at Taywood Aerolaminates is now concentrating on extending its product range. It is developing a longer 24 m pitch regulated blade and moving on to develop stall regulated blades with tip brakes. A prototype set of 14.5 m blades should be operating on a machine at Myres Hill in Scotland by August. The company hopes this programme will lead to the development of a larger stall regulated blade of 21 m. The company has its eye closely trained on the continent. "We have got to supply what European turbine manufacturers want, and what the customer wants," says Aerolaminates' general manager Emma Collins.

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