Reassuring Tacke operators

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Concerns have been growing among Tacke Windtechnik operators that they have been left out on a limb after the company's bankruptcy (Windpower Monthly, August 1997). A group of about 30 met at the Husum Wind trade fair in September to find out whether owners' guarantees and insurance policies still held water and whether they could continue to get service from the company. It emerged at the meeting that any guarantees become invalid if Tacke enters bankruptcy proceedings. Three members of Allianz insurance were on the spot to offer new insurance policies, as were representatives of the service department at Tacke who assured that if the turbine manufacturer dissolved, then they would immediately found a new company to take over the service for the 234 Tacke operators in Germany. A Tacke operators interest group has now been formed to concentrate the efforts in sorting out the problems of individuals raised by Tacke's situation. Meantime, negotiations for rescuing Tacke continue with reports that independent power company Enron of the US is bidding against Nissho Iwai of Japan, a major global trading company of diversified interests. It is not clear if Tacke would continue as a separate company, or whether the negotiations are merely to take over its technology. In late September the company declined to comment.

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