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New manufacturer on the global stage -- Indian firm with credible pedigree

India's Global Wind Power moved into the international wind power business last month with news of the opening of its turbine manufacturing facility near Mumbai and the acquisition of Dutch firm Windbrokers New Equipment, a subsidiary of Windbrokers Group. The subsidiary parted ways less than amicably with India's Vestas RRB last year, with each company accusing the other of failing to meet contract obligations.

India's Global Wind Power (GWP) moved into the international wind power business last month with news of the opening of its turbine manufacturing facility near Mumbai and the acquisition of Dutch firm Windbrokers New Equipment, a subsidiary of Windbrokers Group. The subsidiary parted ways less than amicably with India's Vestas RRB last year (Windpower Monthly, September 2007), with each company accusing the other of failing to meet contract obligations.

For GWP, the Windbrokers acquisition is part of its strategy to target international markets for export opportunities. "With this step Global Wind Power obtains a vast network and experience in selling wind turbines," it says. Its main target areas outside of India will be the UK, Ireland, the Benelux countries, Eastern Europe and North and South America. What is left of the Windbrokers Group will now focus on its core business of selling used wind turbines.

While the name is new, GWP has a recognised lineage, being a wholly owned subsidiary of India's giant Reliance ADA Group. GWP's wind turbine factory has an annual production capacity of 600 MW and this month will start producing 750 kW machines, licensed from Denmark's Norwin. Reports in India's press suggest GWP's order book is already full, with 750 MW in the pipeline, although this is not confirmed.

From mid-2009, 1.5 MW machines, produced in association with Germany's Fuhrländer, will roll off the GWP production line. The company is also working with Dutch firm Lagerwey under a technology transfer agreement to produce a 2 MW model. The first 2 MW prototype is due to be installed next year in the Netherlands at a test field in Lelystad, with a second planned to go up in India. GWP hopes full commercial production of the 2 MW can begin in 2010.

Over the next three years, GWP's sister company, Reliance Energy, is planning to develop 500 MW of wind plant across several states in India. It has already ordered 150 MW from Suzlon for a project in Maharashtra (Windpower Monthly, April 2007) and is in discussions with Gujarat's government to set up 200 MW in that state.

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