TPI Composites (Scottsdale, Ariz., USA) announced on Sept. 3 that it is expanding its composite tooling production capabilities to its facility in Taicang Port, Jiangsu, China. Over the last decade, TPI has produced hundreds of wind blade molds, ranging from 30m to 60m in length, to support its global operations from its Tooling Technology Center in Warren, R.I., USA. The company will continue to support the North American market from Rhode Island while also providing cost-effective tooling solutions for the rest of the world from China.
“We have learned how critically important it is to our wind blade operations to have high performing molds and assembly systems that are both dimensionally accurate and reliable over time,” says Steve Lockard, president and CEO of TPI Composites.
TPI’s precision tooling systems have been used to build tens of thousands of wind blades in the U.S., Mexico, China and Turkey. TPI’s Tooling Technology Center will transfer the best of TPI’s state-of-the-art technology to the China operation to produce tooling to international requirements and demanding specifications.
“TPI’s Taicang facility has operated since 2008, and manufactured thousands of blades to internationally accepted high quality standards,” says Jun Ji, vice president, Asia & European Operations. Ji adds, “We have started production of our first set of wind blade molds in China and are looking to add more customers.”