Nordex takes over Südwind

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Nordex has officially announced the takeover of Südwind Energiesysteme of Berlin along with a change of company name. In future, Nordex Balcke-Dürr turbines will be marketed under the name Nordex. The change is one consequence of a reorganisation at the Deutsche Babcock Group, the majority parent of BDAG Balcke-Dürr, which owns 75% of Nordex Balcke-Dürr. Nordex, based in Rerik, is to become part of Borsig Energy, which has activities in decentralised energy systems. It will be one of five divisions at Deutsche Babcock, which is to be renamed Babcock Borsig following a recent co-operation deal with American engineering company Thermal Engineering. The Südwind takeover announcement has long been expected. "Our special interest in Südwind is its development department," says Michael von Cappeln, board member of BDAG Balcke-Dürr. Of the total of 30 or so Südwind employees, ten are involved in the development section. Cappeln also says Nordex is particularly interested in the S46 750 kW Südwind machine. Hans Fechner, also on the board, says Südwind had developed technology especially suited for stand-alone systems, such as wind-diesel aggregates, and for use in regions with weak grids.

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