British turbine blade manufacturer Taywood Aerolaminates has just expanded to accommodate new orders for its wood epoxy blades. The company has more than trebled the production area at its Southampton factory and is recruiting a further 12 people to join its staff of 35 -- up from just seven people when the company was formed in early 1995. Taywood recently won a large order for 36, 31 metre blades from Nordtank. The blades are destined for 12 turbines being installed in Germany. "It is quite exciting for us because it is Nordtank's first big wind farm with its new 1.5 MW machines," says Emma Collins from Taywood. Other recent orders include 23.5 metre blades for Micon's 600 kW turbine and -- in a diversification into glass epoxy -- Taywood produced three blades for the Wind Energy Group's 600 kW flexible prototype turbine.
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