Hansen sets up shop in China

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Leading gearbox supplier to the global wind industry, Hansen Transmissions, is entering the Chinese market. The company, which is based in Belgium and owned by Indian wind turbine supplier Suzlon, has signed an agreement with the developers of the Beichen Hi-tech Industrial Park in Tianjin to establish a EUR 200 million production plan. Initially, Hansen's Chinese factory will supply gearboxes to Chinese affiliates of international wind turbine manufacturers, it says, but later its main customer base will be the domestic Chinese firms. The plant is expected to reach its full capacity by early 2011. With a gearbox output for 3000 MW of wind turbines a year it will employ over 600 people. "We will implement Hansen's proven gear technology, expertise, accuracy and quality standards in China, without any compromise," says the company's Ivan Brems. Hansen is also building a factory in India to add to its plants in Belgium. It aims to increase its wind turbine gearbox manufacturing capabilities nearly four-fold, from 3800 MW a year at the end of March 2007 to 14,300 MW by 2012.

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