Wind turbine makers Enercon, Fuhrländer and Vestas once more flew their pennants at Germany's showcase international industry trade fair in Hanover last month. Among the influx of new energy companies in the hydrogen, fuel cell, biomass and solar power sectors, the three turbine builders held the wind fort to create a strong presence for a steady stream of visitors arriving by skywalk from the trade fair's west entrance. Among the VIPs, Vestas welcomed Chancellor Angela Merkel to its stand. The wind companies competed for attention in the energy industry hall with the massive stands of heavyweights like of Evonik, E.ON, EnBW and Gazprom. Nestled between Vestas and Enercon, the wind industry's largest and fourth largest turbine suppliers, Fuhrländer held its own with a big stand. "We actually feel a bit like David between two Goliaths," said Theo Fuhrländer. "But we've been here for the last 15 years and find Hanover really international and appreciate the opportunity to make international contacts." German wind project developers GHF and WPD are also regulars at Hanover. "We've been coming for years, although we are a relatively small company. It's important to show a presence, and we have the opportunity for lots of talks with banks, manufacturers, suppliers and so on," said Petra Zahnen of GHF. From April 2009, Hanover Messe will include a specialist wind trade fair to alternate with the traditional wind jamboree in Husum every other autumn.
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