Following the failure of merger talks between the two leading Dutch rotor blade manufacturers, Aerpac BV and Rotorline BV, Danish rival LM Glasfiber has announced the signing of a declaration of intent to purchase Rotorline from the RM Lubbers Group. LM describes the move as one which will "strengthen its position" and "secure its customers good access to the Dutch market and increase production capacity." Rotorline BV will continue as part of the LM Group, retaining its existing directors and workers. According to Almelo based Aerpac, it abandoned the idea of a merger because Rotorline's figures were so unfavourable. Rotorline's Jan Olthoff, disputes this claim and says Aerpac was only ever interested in Rotorline's production facilities, thus operational results were never discussed. Olthoff is also keen to correct reports in the Dutch press that Rotorline has had a claim for damages against Aerpac dismissed by the courts. In fact, he says, the judge ruled that the case was not sufficiently urgent to be heard as a summary proceeding, but should proceed normally through the courts. Rotorline is developing a new 30.1 m blade for megawatt class turbines, specially designed with the demands of variable speed and active stall in mind, says Olthoff.
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