Second wind blade factory in India for Gamesa to open in 3Q 2016

The facility, in Nellore, India, will manufacture blades for Gamesa's G114-2.0 MW class 2 turbine and employ 400 people.

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Wind turbine manufacturer Gamesa (Zamudio, Vizcaya, Spain) reports that it will build a blade manufacturing facility in India, in the town of Nellore, in Andra Pradesh, one of the country's fastest-growing wind markets.

With enough capacity to manufacture 500 MW a year, the facility has been configured to produce blades for the G114-2.0 MW class S model, a turbine custom-designed for wind conditions in India. The company plans to inaugurate the factory, which will employ 400 people, in September 2016.

"The start-up of this new facility evidences our industrial pledge in India and our commitment to developing the country's wind power and broader manufacturing infrastructure. By opening our third factory, we are stepping up our operations in a priority region for Gamesa, while generating wealth via job creation and purchases from local suppliers," said Ramesh Kymal, Gamesa's CEO in India.

Construction of this new factory is part of the company's plan for tapping the growth opportunity in India. In addition to this new facility in Nellore (Andra Pradesh), Gamesa has another blade factory in Halol (Gujarat), a nacelle factory in Mamandur (Chennai, Tamil Nadu) and a repair centre in Red Hills (Chennai, Tamil Nadu).

Present in India since 2009, the company has been the leading OEM in India for the last three years, according to MAKE Consultancy, and in 2015 lifted its market share from 25% to 34%. In 2015, India accounted for 29% of the company's overall sales volume (in MW). In the last 12 months, the company has commissioned more than 1 GW in this market.