LM increases blade production in India DANISH wind turbine blade manufacturer LM Glasfiber is increasing its blade production capability in India. The new facility will be located in Dobespet in Karnataka, a key area for the Indian wind energy market. The factory will manufacture blades with lengths of 34 m or more for multi-MW wind turbines. It will have an annual production capacity of about 400 MW. Production of smaller blades will continue at LM’s existing facility in Hosakote near Bangalore. The factory will cost about DKK 100 million and will create around 300 local jobs when the factory starts operations in the second half of 2006. This will bring the number of LM Glasfiber employees in the region to approximately 720.
Owing to strong economic growth, India has a large unmet demand for power. According to LM, the Indian wind energy market has grown by an average of 20% per year since 1994, when the company opened its first factory in India. In India, LM supplies blades to Vestas Wind Systems, GE Energy, Suzlon and NEPC, and it says that by the end of 2004 it had supplied almost 40% of blades for the installed wind power in the country. LM notes that owing to strong economic growth, India has a large unmet
demand for power. In recent years, initiatives have been made to meet this demand through national and local legislation to promote private investment in renewable energy. The Indian government has defined a target that renewable energy must represent 10% of the country’s power consumption by 2012. At the end of 2004, wind power with a capacity of about 3000 MW had been installed in India, and according to BTM Consult, Denmark, an additional approximately 5300 MW is expected to be installed during the period 2005-2009. “Our investment in this new facility will boost our customers’ competitive strength in the Indian market quite signif-icantly,” says LM’s sales and marketing director Søren F. Knudsen. “We are witnessing a sharp increase in demand for large 1.5-2 MW wind turbines in India, and the new factory will provide our customers with great, local production capacity for the latest generation of multi-MW blades. Three factors are decisive for our customers: that they can source locally manufactured blades of a consistently high quality in the principal markets, that they can buy the blades in local currencies, and that they can minimise their transportation costs and working capital requirements. The new factory meets all three requirements.”
Filament winding 2005 OVER 130 people from companies around the world took part in the Filament Winding 2005 conference in Brussels last month. The event was organised by Material SA, the supplier of the CADWIND filament winding software, and included a threeday conference programme covering the latest applications and technologies. (A full report on the conference will be published in a forthcoming issue of Reinforced Plastics.) Material SA; tel: +32-2-726-8998; www.material.be
The conference delegates at the Radisson SAS hotel in Brussels.
LM Glasfiber; www.lmglasfiber.com. November 2005