NedWind plans scale down

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Dutch wind turbine maker NedWind is planning to close its 12 strong manufacturing division. The plans, which could result in some lay offs, are currently being considered by trade unions and works council representatives. The decision to shed manufacturing capacity was taken in order to increase the company's flexibility, explains NedWind's Anne Burgers-Krommenoh. "With a market trend to site specific production, stock piling turbines is no longer an economically realistic option," she says. Instead of tying up capital in unsold turbines, the company "will now go shopping for the components it needs to realise particular projects," Burgers says. "The market demands flexibility É turbines increasingly have to be developed, designed and constructed for a specific site, a specific wind zone." Burgers adds that while some staff lay offs are expected to be unavoidable, everything will be done "to limit pain to the bare minimum." Where possible workers will be re-deployed within the company while others will be found jobs elsewhere. In the future, NedWind will concentrate on its core activities -- development, marketing, assembly, on site construction and service and maintenance. In total the Rhenen based company employs a workforce of 110. The company does not expect the decision to depress turnover, which this year is estimated at some NLG 80 million.

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