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Jobs saved: Vestas sells Danish towers factory to China's Titan Wind Energy

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Vestas has saved the jobs of nearly 120 wind turbine tower makers by selling its Varde, Denmark factory China's Titan Wind Energy (Suzhou) Co., Ltd., a long term partner and supplier.
Jobs saved: Vestas sells Danish towers factory to China

A planned closure of the plant had been in the works since January. However, after running a competitive divestment process, Vestas struck a deal with China’s largest global manufacturer of wind turbine towers.

The acquisition of the towers factory in Varde will establish Titan Wind Energy’s global manufacturing footprint in Europe, while also maintaining a vast majority of the approximately 120 jobs at the factory in Varde.

The agreement carries a number of advantages for all parties involved, the companies said in a written statement:

  • Titan Wind Energy establishes European production of towers for both onshore and offshore wind turbines, leveraging on Vestas’ renowned expertise in tower-manufacturing.
  • About 120 highly specialised ”greentech” jobs are maintained in Varde, Denmark.
  • Based on Denmark’s leading position within the wind industry and excellent facilities for shipment of large turbine towers mainly intended for offshore, the facility in Varde is ideally positioned to support the further globalisation of Titan Wind Energy’s operations.
  • The divestment of the towers facility in Varde will reduce Vestas’ fixed costs while increasing partnerships and knowledge-sharing with trusted suppliers such as Titan Wind Energy.

Going forward, both Titan Wind Energy and Vestas see a huge potential in the continued cooperation.

”We have been cooperating with Vestas for several years, both in China and abroad, and we look forward to further utilising our long-standing partnership within the development and production of technology-leading towers for wind turbines,” saids Mr. Yan Junxu, Founder and CEO of Titan Wind Energy (Suzhou) Co., Ltd.

“Our new towers facility here in Denmark increases our possibilities of servicing and expanding our global customer base. The location of our European headquarters in Varde is optimal because we see Denmark as the focal point for the global wind industry. Europe is the region that offers the most promising outlook for the development of offshore wind energy,” Junxu added.

Ditlev Engel, Vestas President and CEO, said he is looking forward to further developing the partnership with Titan Wind Energy.

“This is an excellent agreement for all parties involved. Vestas welcomes the establishment of Titan Wind Energy in what might be described as the cradle of the global wind industry and we see a huge potential in the ongoing cooperation and co-development with Titan Wind Towers," Engel said. "Meanwhile, I would like to express my gratitude to the employees at the Varde facility, who have been loyal to Vestas during an uncertain period. I am truly happy that many of these skilled employees can now continue working at the factory in Varde for a trusted Vestas-partner.”

Titan Wind Energy and Vestas signed the agreement Tuesday. The agreement must be approved by Chinese authorities, which is expected to happen shortly. Vestas will transfer the facility in Varde 1 September.

For additional information:

Vestas

Titan Wind Energy Co., Ltd.

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