Germany's Pfleiderer and Japan's Ebara set up joint venture in Japan

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Germany's Pfleiderer Wind Energy has set up a joint venture company with Japan's Ebara Corporation to manufacture, market and service the Pfleiderer PWE 600 kW and PWE 1500 kW machines for the Japanese market and other selected Asian countries. Ebara-Pfleiderer Wind Power Corporation aims to install up to 1000 MW in Japan and neighbouring countries in the next ten years. Ebara's wind expertise lies in importing turbines from Europe and adapting them to local conditions to sell on to wind farm operators. Its biggest customer, Eco-Power, in which it has an 82% stake, has a 20% share in the Japanese wind market. The government expects that 3000 MW of wind plant will be installed by 2010, compared with about 400 MW today. Ebara-Pfleiderer will install its first 600 kW and 1.5 MW machines in Japan this year, it says. Towers will be built in the region, although the exact location is still undisclosed. Local production of other components is also planned. Ebara describes itself as an environmental engineering company.

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