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Wind manufacturing jobs in decline
1 October 2006
While wind development in the UK is flourishing as never before, manufacturing of turbines and components, perversely, continues to decline. Vestas is understood to be shedding 40 staff at its Campbeltown factory in Scotland. The move comes after the company announced in its annual report in August that it was to stop production of nacelles at the site. And tower manufacture will only continue at Campbeltown if workforce productivity improves over the next 12 months, Vestas warned. Meantime at Arnish in the Western Isles, troubled tower manufacturer CamCal has laid off all but two of its employees while it awaits an offer from potential buyers. During the difficulties at the yard, which recently manufactured the towers for the two 5 MW Beatrice deepwater wind turbines (page 34), two major orders were cancelled, while a further order for 16 turbines from the Netherlands has been mothballed awaiting the outcome of developments. The company expected a decision from purchasers by the end of September.
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