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Blade firm looks for other outlets

Tacke Windpower Inc, Canadian subsidiary of Tacke Windtechnik, Germany, is exploring blade manufacture for other wind turbine makers while turning out one blade a day for its German parent. The Canadian company manufactures two types of polyester blades.

Tacke Windpower Inc, the Canadian subsidiary of Tacke Windtechnik of Germany, is exploring blade manufacture for other wind turbine makers. Meanwhile it is turning out one blade a day for its German parent from its manufacturing facility at Huron Industrial Park, near the city of London in southwestern Ontario. The facility, now a year old, has made more than 300 blades for Tacke 600 kW turbines, under a $16 million contract with Tacke Windtechnik.

The Canadian company is manufacturing two types of polyester blades -- for the 43 metre rotor diameter model and the 46 metre 600e model. Tacke Windpower is expected in the future to produce at least 50% of all the blades for 600 kW turbines required by Tacke Windtechnik. The production plant employs 65 people.

"Some 95% of the parts of the blade are now sourced in North America, to North American standards," says Tacke Windpower's president, Helge Wittholz. "This greatly reduces production costs, while shipping costs have been reduced by one-third thanks to our new integrated shipping frame, which houses three blades."

The only Tacke wind turbine yet installed in Canada is a 600 kW machine, installed nearly a year ago at Kincardine, Ontario, adjacent to Ontario Hydro's Bruce nuclear power complex.

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