Tacke Windtechnik has severed its link with French blade manufacturer Atout Vent following a blade failure on a Tacke TW 60 turbine in the Netherlands in September (Windpower Monthly, November 1996). Tacke says it saw no alternative but to "discontinue business ties" as of December 5 as its former partner "is currently unable to meet the standards of a comprehensive quality management programme." Tacke, Germany's second largest wind turbine manufacturer, regrets taking the step and stresses its satisfaction with the "flawless prototype blades" delivered by Aerpac for its new megawatt machine now being tested in Emden. The company was looking forward to "an effective relationship" but Atout Vent "has demonstrated that it is not capable of maintaining these rotor blade standards." Tacke is contacting "a select group of manufacturers in the rotor blade market" to replace Atout Vent. Tacke is "convinced that systematic quality planning, control and maintenance are the key to ensuring that each client receives an otpimum system."