First timers exhibit in Chicago

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Among newcomers on the exhibition floor at this year's edition of the American wind industry's annual trade show, held in Chicago last month, was Italy's Bonfiglioli, a supplier of blade pitch and rotor yaw drives. The company's Stefano Baldi describes Bonfiglioli as the largest manufacturer of pitch and yaw motors, supplying around one-third of the global market. Sales topped 35,000 units in 2008. Despite its strong share of the wind power market as a subcomponent supplier, Bonfiglioli has never displayed in the US market because turbines have mostly been made in Europe. But now is the time to have a presence in the US market, says Baldi, as more turbine production is shifting to the US. Bonfiglioli is not planning to relocate any manufacturing capacity to the US, even as new contracts for US-based assembly are inked. It will still make more economic sense in the near term years to continue producing units in Italy and shipping them to the US for assembly, says Baldi.

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