Equipment manufacturer ASM Industries has announced it will move forward with the construction of a factory in Portugal producing wind turbines and foundations for offshore projects.
The new industrial facility will be built at Aveiro Port following the signature of a concession agreement with the Aveiro Port Administration (APA). The announcement was celebrated at a ceremony presided over by the Portuguese Minister of the Sea, Ana Paula Vitorino, on November 25th. Construction of the new facility will commence in January 2018, utilizing a total area of about 72 thousand square metres and creating 150 direct jobs.
“Our know-how in the manufacture of equipment for the production of energy, both onshore and offshore, allows us now to found ASM Offshore, which aims to follow the trends of this market and create propitious conditions for the supply of metallic equipment with large dimensions and weights for application in new offshore wind farms” said Adelino Costa Matos, CEO of ASM Industries.
Matos added that Portugal is aiming to establish greater production capacity in the country so that it can respond effectively to the offshore industry in the main European markets such as the UK and France and the markets of North America and Latin America where new offshore projects are emerging.
The new plant will be located in the Logistics and Industrial Activities Zone of Aveiro Port (ZALI), representing an investment of 25 million euros which will be provided by the co-financing of the Compete 2020 / Portugal 2020 / European Structural and Development Funds programme. The restructuring of Aveiro Port will be carried out by APA, and the production of equipment in the exclusive unit of ASM Offshore is expected to begin in the first four months of 2019.
Image: CEO of ASM Industries Adelino Matos announces the project to build a new offshore wind component factory in Portugal (ASM Industries)