An event aimed at bringing together component manufacturers from Wales and European turbine makers attracted only a small turn-out from its target audience. Only 12 manufacturers attended the seminar in Cardiff which was designed to boost Welsh manufacturing. "That aside there was an extremely constructive discussion on what is required to get British manufacturers a slice of the cake," says Hugh Babington Smith from the British Wind Energy Association. "Like any other industry there are cultural differences to break through. But the day showed that it is up to component manufacturers to approach turbine makers, and it is up to us as an association to educate British companies so that they can go and beat on the door of turbine manufacturers." Discussions revealed that turbine makers are not averse to manufacturing in the UK as long as there is a stable British market. "But there is not a steady market here because of the boom and bust nature of NFFO," says Babington Smith. "It brought home to us the importance of lobbying the government for a steady market."
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