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Britain's FKI Group gearing up to manufacture wind turbines in England

Britain's FKI Group is gearing up to manufacture wind turbines for its wholly owned subsidiary DeWind which expects to expand its wind turbine production from next year. DeWind's British sister company in the FKI Group, Brush, is to start producing some of the DeWind range at its Loughborough works -- in particular the DeWind 2 MW machine launched in 2002. "We have available around 90 hectares for production in Loughborough," says DeWind's Hugo Schippmann. Until now, DeWind has assembled no more than 15% of its products in-house. Its own production -- known as DeWind Manufacturing -- only started up when it was taken over in 2002 by FKI. The takeover had the advantage of synergies with the FKI group which last year sold 10 GW of electricity generators and has production facilities worldwide, including plants in the Netherlands and Czech Republic, which could accommodate turbine manufacture. Until now, DeWind's turbines were manufactured by Lübecker Maschinenbaugesellschaft (LMG) and NTPG, Rostock, Germany. The company is to continue its association with LMG, which will focus on production of the 1 MW DeWind D6.

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