Wind turbine blade manufacturer LM Wind Power (Kolding, Denmark) on Oct. 5 announced plans to expand its manufacturing base in the Americas through the construction of a new blade manufacturing facility in Brazil. The facility will deliver blades to wind turbines in Brazil and throughout South America.
LM Wind Power is in negotiations with several wind turbine manufacturers that have expressed a need for blades 37m to 70m (121 ft to 230 ft) long for installation on turbines in this growing market for wind energy.
The final location for LM Wind Power's first factory in Brazil and fourth facility in the Americas region has not yet been determined and various locations are being studied. Randy Fox, business area VP of Americas for LM Wind Power commented: "A number of important customers have asked LM Wind Power, as the global market leader, to support their efforts in developing the market for wind energy in Brazil and the other countries in Latin America. We are pleased to make this announcement which confirms our commitment to our customers, so that they can use our technology and innovation to harness wind energy profitably and with maximum operational reliability."
The new facility in Brazil will be based on LM Wind Power's modular factory concept recently used for construction of its facilities in the U.S., Poland, Spain and China and will employ up to 300 people. It is expected that blade production will begin in early 2012, assuming successful completion of discussions with local authorities and customers that are underway.
Other Americas facilities include Grand Forks, N.D., USA; Gaspè, Quèbec, Canada; and Little Rock, Ark., USA.