Finnish firm hopes to capitalise on component shortage

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Finland's Hollming Works is refocusing its operations around supply of components for Winwind, which produces a 3 MW wind turbine in Finland. The new strategy is part of an expansion plan which aims to double output by the end of 2007. Hoping to capitalise on the current global shortage of wind turbine components, Hollming will increase serial production of steel structures and permanent magnet generators, says the company's Patrick Starck. From Winwind, Erkki Kunnari says demand for 3 MW units is outstripping supply, an "excellent" situation for the company which is focused supply of just one size of turbine. Winwind is now majority owned by India's Sterling Group, which has bought another 14% from the company's main owner, Proventia Group, to add to the 40% stake it bought in August. Hollming is also involved in the Windarc project, a collaboration with six Finnish partners targeting the development and production of foundation and installation solutions for 2-5 MW offshore wind turbines at water depths of five to 30 metres. The other partners are Helsinki Polytechnic Stadia, PI Rauma Oy (steel structures), marine transport group Alfons Håkans, energy consultants Electrowatt-Ekono, technology systems company, Immtech, and VTT, Finland's technical research institute.

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