LM Glasfiber opens Polish wind blade facility

The plant, in Goleniów, Poland, will provide blades for use in onshore and offshore wind farms throughout Europe.

LM Glasfiber (Kolding, Denmark) on March 3 opened its newest wind blade facility, this one located in Goleniów, Poland. The factory will strengthen LM Glasfiber’s position and production capacity in Northern Europe. The factory will produce blades for the rapidly growing wind turbine segment for onshore and offshore wind farms in the Northern, Central and Eastern parts of Europe.

The company says the facility has been placed in Goleniów because the site's location provides quick, flexible and cost-efficient transportation of the blades by sea or by land. LM Glasfiber hopes the facility will strengthen its competitiveness and its production capacity with regards to deliveries for customers’ onshore and offshore wind projects.

”To maintain our position as world leader in blade production, it is of crucial importance that we are as competitive as possible. One way of doing this is to produce the blades in places that will minimize the cost of transportation to the project site. The long-term outlook for the wind energy sector in the EU is very promising and the factory in Goleniów will allow us to meet an even bigger share of our customers’ demand for long blades,” said director communications at LM Glasfiber, Steen Broust Nielsen.

The Goleniów blade production facility is the 14th LM Glasfiber factory worldwide and the fourth in Northern Europe. The factory has been under construction since February 2008 and has been constructed to produce the longest blades from LM Glasfiber. The factory which is currently ramping up, will initially employ about 380 people.